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Review: ‘Offending the President’ should not be an offence

After President Morsy’s decision to release chief editor of Al-Dostour newspaper Islam Afify from temporary detention, almost all opinion writers have criticised the President for not using his so-called powers to abolish all laws relating to ‘offending the President of the republic.’ Despite praising the move to release the editor, many writers have questioned why …

Daily News Egypt

New Defence Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sissi (left) has continued to make new appointments to some of the top ranks in Egypt’s military, pictured here with President Mohamed Morsi at the presidential palace in Cairo on 13 August AFP PHOTO/HO/EGYPTIAN PRESIDENCY

Morsy appoints new military commanders

Staff Major General Abdel-Moniem Bayoumi Al-Terras has been appointed Commander of the Air Defence Forces, Staff Air Vice-Marshal Younes El-Sayed Hamed was made Commander of the Air Force and Staff Rear Admiral Osama Ahmed Ahmed El-Gendy is now Commander of the Navy.

Ahmed Aboulenein

Presidential spokesperson denies dropping farmers’ debts

By Islam Serour The President’s spokesman, Dr Yasser Ali denied rumours about dropping the debts of 62,000 farmers, indicating that the decision is still undergoing study and research. The rumour originated on the ‘Kolena Wael Ghonem’ (“We are all Wael Ghonem”) Facebook page which stated, “Morsy drops EGP 109 million of debts to the agricultural …

Daily News Egypt

Maher Hamoud

Editor’s letter: Morsy, the good brother

Theoretically speaking, we could argue that the one month President Mohamed Morsy has spent in office is not enough to judge his performance as Egypt’s first leader after the revolution. However, practically speaking, it seems enough. Given a few facts regarding Morsy’s attainment of the presidency, we can understand feelings of anger among the electorate, …

Maher Hamoud

Outgoing Finance Minister prepares for hand over

By Islam Zayed Momtaz Said, Minister of Finance in the current caretaker government, has been working since yesterday to complete all requests made by government agencies regarding allocations and expenditures before incoming Prime Minister, Dr.HeshamKandil, appoints a new Finance Minister. According to official sources within the Ministry of Finance, Said held a meeting with AymanGohar, …

Daily News Egypt

Military Trials and Morsi’s Amnesty

Ever since Morsi’s victory in the presidential election, calls have been escalating for a presidential intervention in to cases where civilians have been detained in military prisons and tried before military courts. Regardless of the motives; whether a response to political pressure or genuine compassion for the cause, Morsi has promised to put the issue …

Ziad A. Akl

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