Presidential Race

Ashraf Ghani likely to stay on as Afghan president after term ends
Middle East

Ashraf Ghani likely to stay on as Afghan president after term ends

The ongoing political deadlock in Afghanistan is rooted in the vagueness of Article 61 of the country’s constitution, referring to…
Tamarod backtracks, says will back Sisi for president
Egypt

Tamarod backtracks, says will back Sisi for president

A group of Tamarod campaign leaders announced Tuesday their endorsement for Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for president through a…
If Morsy wins
Opinion

If Morsy wins

I was not hazarding an uneducated guess when I called for holding a democratic election as a first step in…
The next battle will take longer than 18 days
Opinion

The next battle will take longer than 18 days

Political discourse in Egypt at the best of times can be strange and full of empty talk ("kalam fadi"). But…
The conscientious objectors
Opinion

The conscientious objectors

In August 1966, at the height of the Vietnam War when the United States was embroiled in a deep and…
A third bloc?
Opinion

A third bloc?

Since the first round of the presidential election ended, there has been much talk about the emergence of a third…
The presidential poll, unpacked
Opinion

The presidential poll, unpacked

On 29 May, Egypt Independent, in collaboration with Jadaliyya, hosted a round-table discussion on the Egyptian presidential election. The discussion…
Copts: Between a rock and a hard place
Opinion

Copts: Between a rock and a hard place

The first round of the Egyptian presidential election resulted in a runoff between Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy, who won…
The rise of the ‘man in the pullover’
Opinion

The rise of the ‘man in the pullover’

All of a sudden, “the man in the pullover,” or Ahmed Shafiq — who is satirically described as such due…
The need for self-criticism after the first round
Opinion

The need for self-criticism after the first round

 Before the elections, I believed it was extremely difficult to predict the outcome of the first round and that it…
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