Tagged with Parliament

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Homeland Future

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Homeland Future

God, Give Egyptians their right representation. May they bear well the concerns of their district. But in whose name? Many MPs have publicly signaled their intention to switch parties, and the Future of a Homeland is poised to receive them. Doing so would make them the largest party in parliament. Some are current independents, leaving … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Review and Oversight

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Review and Oversight

God, As the Egyptian parliament begins its constitutional mandate, provide it the wisdom necessary to serve the country well. Its first task is the review the dozens of laws passed in its absence. Given the restricted timeframe of fifteen days, they are widely expected to pass the great majority. But particular attention will be given … Continue reading

Dare Egypt Amend, or Even Abolish, Its Blasphemy Law?

Dare Egypt Amend, or Even Abolish, Its Blasphemy Law?

This article was first published by World Watch Monitor on January 8, 2016. Egypt’s Secular Party has called on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to support legislation which cancels the blasphemy law, because, in the words of lawyer Hamdi al-Assyouti, it has “become a tool in the hands of extremists against minorities, thinkers, and the creative … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Roadmap Concluding

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Roadmap Concluding

God, It has been a long road, but it is almost over. But then the real journey begins. Following the ouster of Morsi, Egypt has ratified a constitution, elected a president, and now stands ready to seat a parliament. The end has not been easy, nor celebrated. Terrorists have killed candidates and assassinated judges. Turnout … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Parliament, Police

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Parliament, Police

God, News this week prompted both a sigh and a gasp. The Supreme Constitutional Court struck down provisions of the law to elect parliament, further delaying the process. And a cabinet reshuffle appointed a new minister of the interior, with speculations on the impact. The parliament delay was almost expected, as there appears little political … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: National List

Friday Prayers for Egypt: National List

God, What value is there in praying over the squabbling of politicians? President Sisi gathered representatives of the political parties and asked them to agree on one national list to present to the people for upcoming parliamentary elections. Many have met to discuss, but so far they have fully failed. But does it matter to … Continue reading

Who Will Run Egypt’s Parliament?

Who Will Run Egypt’s Parliament?

Ahram Online recently reported that Egypt’s minister of transitional justice appointed a military official as secretary-general of the parliament, now renamed the House of Representatives. The news surprised me on different levels, most notably in that Egypt does not yet have a parliament. How can it then have a secretary-general? Whatever the position is, shouldn’t … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Nearing Normal

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Nearing Normal

God, Several hours from now Egypt will have a new president; several weeks more and a parliament is promised. These are the last two steps of the roadmap to rebuild the state, presumably after which it will function again normally. But God, make normal good. Indications can be read toward either better or worse. President-elect … Continue reading

Ideological Distinction in the Coming Parliament

Ideological Distinction in the Coming Parliament

From my latest article in Egypt Source: Many have argued that Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s likely election as Egypt’s next president is an indication of a return to Hosni Mubarak-era policies. However apt the comparison may or may not be, the analysis overlooks one key advantage Sisi lacks. There is no longer a National Democratic Party … Continue reading