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A few days ago, the pro-Muslim Brotherhood prosecutor general pressed charges against a number of iconic youth revolutionary figures. The allegations were related to the recent clashes that took place near the Brotherhood’s headquarters in...
Since February 2011, Egyptian authorities have designed their fiscal, monetary and exchange rate policies for the sole purpose of preventing the gradual rise of prices for the broad base of Egyptians, in particular, the urban poor and the lower-...
It has already become clear that Egypt’s revolution has deep socioeconomic roots that cannot be quelled through the establishment of a formal or procedural democracy. Even though the country has an elected president, a Constitution and a...
  “The transitional period is officially over,” President Mohamed Morsy said following the ratification of the country’s first post-revolutionary Constitution. Indeed, the country seems to have ticked all of the boxes of...
The recent protest wave that started with the second anniversary of the 25 January revolution displays the early death signs of the nascent political regime in Egypt. It seems that neither electoral legitimacy nor the invocation of religion is...
Egypt faces a severe economic crisis that has not been seen since the late 1980s, when the country was on the verge of bankruptcy. The budget deficit soared to almost LE100 billion in the first half of the current fiscal year, and is expected to...
The long-expected devaluation of the Egyptian pound is finally taking place. The pound has undergone its greatest devaluation against the US dollar since the 25 January revolution, falling from LE5.90 to about LE6.60 in a little over a month. In...
In elections in late 2011, the Brotherhood secured more than 42% of the parliamentary seats and emerged as the single dominant political party in the post-Mubarak order. The Brotherhood, at the time, portrayed its political wing, the Freedom and...
Most observers have been paying close attention to the exciting dynamics of Egypt’s ongoing political crisis, which unfolded following the president’s constitutional declaration last month. The Muslim Brotherhood seemed anxious to finish...
  Many observers fear that the country may be transiting from one authoritarian regime to another under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood. Some talk about Egypt turning into an illiberal democracy in which democracy exists only procedurally,...