Egypt Daily Update: MP Proposes Extending Presidential Term

August 10, 2017

New from POMED: Egypt’s North Korea Connection

MP Proposes Extending Presidential Term

Trains Collide in Alexandria, Killing At Least 29 and Injuring 100

Cartoon of the Day: Abdel al-Aal’s Amendments

New from POMED


In a new piece entitled “Egypt’s North Korea Connection,” POMED’s Daniel Leone examines relations between Egypt and North Korea. It suggests that “ties between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Egypt go back decades, and Egypt has never fully aligned with the U.S. position against the Pyongyang regime.” The full article is available here.

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MP Proposes Extending Presidential Term

Egyptian parliamentarian Ismail Nasr al-Din introduced [Ar] a proposal on Thursday to amend the constitution at the beginning of the next parliamentary session in October. Nasr al-Din’s proposed changes to the three-year-old constitution would include the amendment of six different articles, including extending presidential terms from four to six years and giving the president the power to arbitrarily fire ministers. Nasr al-Din told Parliament that his legal team would present the final draft of the proposed changes on August 20.

Nasr al-Din said in a statement yesterday that Egypt urgently needs to amend the constitution, and argued that the exceptional political circumstances of the drafting of the constitution means that the document must adapt for the current political challenges. The proposed amendments by a government loyalist in Parliament come less than a year before the 2018 presidential elections, when President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is heavily favored to win a second term.


Trains Collide in Alexandria, Killing At Least 29 and Injuring 100

According to media sources, two trains collided [Ar] in eastern Alexandria near the Khorshid train station on Friday afternoon, killing 29 people and injuring more than 100, according to the Egyptian health ministry [Ar]. One of the trains was reportedly traveling from Cairo, while the other was traveling from Port Said. State television showed images of one of the trains partially on its side from the crash, with bodies on the ground and emergency crews and bystanders crowded around the damaged cars.

The reason for the crash is not yet known. Egyptian public prosecutor Nabil Sadeq has ordered [Ar] an urgent investigation into the crash, and the Ministry of Transportation has formed [Ar] an emergency committee to look into the technical causes of the incident. Deadly train collisions in Egypt have been relatively common over the past few decades, largely as a result of poor management and maintenance.


Cartoon of the Day: Abdel al-Aal’s Amendments

Right: “Abdel al-Aal’s amendments”
Center: “The Constitution”
Left: “Go get him!”
Doaa el-Adl – Al-Masry Al-Youm – 08/11/2017


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