Analysis

Egypt’s Ad Campaign for Investment Law Glosses over Economic Challenges

A television commercial showed beautiful young people walking out on their daily jobs, launching a homemade jam company, a food truck, or a designer furniture store. A voiceover promised that the new investment law will give “exceptional incentives to small...

Egypt’s Payroll Is Fine, but Its Revenues Are Too Low.

Throughout June, the Egyptian cabinet and parliament debated a budget for the 2017–18 fiscal year, which began on July 1. The budget has been referred to in Egypt as the “IMF budget” due to the number of restrictions in an...

Legalized Authoritarianism: How Egypt’s Lawmakers Codify Authoritarianism

TIMEP Nonresident Fellow Mai El-Sadany had an article published in the World Policy Journal's Summer 2017 issue, entitled "Justice Denied." The introduction of her article is excerpted here with their kind permission. The Egyptian Parliament is considering a bill to require residents to...

Women and Quotas in Egypt’s Parliament

Maya Morsi, the head of Egypt’s state-affiliated National Council for Women (NCW), announced last week that the NCW had completed the first phase of a program to increase women’s participation in local council elections, reaching over 12,500 prospective candidates. Although...

Standing in Agreement: Egypt’s Parliament Risks Becoming Rubber Stamp

A lack of quorum had already forced Egypt’s parliament to recess for 30 minutes when Speaker Ali Abdel ‘Al decided to call for two successive votes by show of hands and two more votes via standing in agreement. The absence...

Why Is Egypt Amending Its Protest Law Now?

On June 8, Egyptian Prime Minister Sharif Ismail tasked the minister of legal and parliamentary affairs with amending the country’s controversial Protest Law. The prime minister’s decision came as a shock to many politicians, who only weeks before were explaining the necessity of the...

Egyptian Political Parties and the Civil Society Crisis

In Egyptian politics, the stances of political movements and parties on human rights and citizenship vary according to their relationship with the incumbent regime. A quick review of the positions of the prominent political parties on the plight facing human...

341 Laws in 15 Days: Parliament Reviews Presidential Decrees

Tasked with the job of discussing and voting on 341 laws in a period of 15 days, the first assignment facing Egypt’s new parliament was not an easy one. After the House of Representatives swore in its 596 members—each of...

The Egyptian Parliament’s First Task

As Egypt’s House of Representatives prepares to sit for its first session, among the first tasks it will face is the review of the decrees and laws issued by Presidents Adly Mansour and Abdel-Fattah El Sisi since the approval of...