Weekly Briefs

EPW Week in Brief – February 27 – March 12, 2019

Summary The Constitutional Affairs Committee is holding several dialogue sessions with political figures and civil society members to discuss the proposed constitutional amendments. The body is expected to meet twice next week and complete its outreach by March 24. Following its...

EPW Week in Brief – February 15, 2019 – February 26, 2019

Summary Two representatives, Haytham al-Hariri and Khaled Youssef, faced defamation campaigns for their public opposition to proposed constitutional amendments. Hariri later announced his support for the proposal, and Youssef was referred to trial over an obscenity scandal. Five members of...

EPW Week in Brief – February 6, 2019 – February 14, 2019

Summary The House of Representatives agreed in principle to the proposed constitutional amendments. Media reports indicated a vote of 485 to 18 in favor, though no official tabulation or record of votes was released. Speaker of the House Ali Abdel...

EPW Week in Brief – January 30, 2019 – February 5, 2019

Summary Representatives from the Coalition in Support of Egypt officially proposed amendments to the constitution, which include extending presidential term limits to two six-year terms. The amendments would also reduce the size of Egypt’s House of Representatives and establish an...

EPW Week in Brief – December 22, 2018 – January 29, 2019

Summary The European Union issued a resolution condemning human rights violations in Egypt and requesting that European countries cease security agreements with Egypt until the violations are addressed. The Egyptian House of Representatives rejected the resolution, calling it distorted information...

EPW Week in Brief – December 9, 2018 – December 21, 2018

Summary Special elections for the three available House of Representatives seats in Tamiya, Zefta, and Arish were held December 13–14 for expatriates in Egyptian embassies and December 19–20 for domestic residents. National Election Authority Chairman Lashin Ibrahim described the domestic...

EPW Week in Brief – December 2, 2018 – December 8, 2018

Summary Following U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing Leilani Farha’s statement condemning Egypt’s reprisals against housing activists whom she met with on a recent mission to the country, committees in the House of Representatives condemned Farha’s remarks. The...

EPW Week in Brief – November 25, 2018 – December 1, 2018

Summary After Italian authorities announced their intention to indict up to seven Egyptian security personnel in the death of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni in 2016, the Italian Chamber of Deputies announced a temporary suspension of ties with Egypt’s House...

EPW Week in Brief – November 18, 2018 – November 24, 2018

Summary After its internal council elections, several members of the Wafd Party contested the results, prompting party Chairman Bahaa Abu Shoqa to expel six members from the organization for allegedly promoting personal interests ahead of the organization’s goals. The council...

EPW Week in Brief – November 11, 2018 – November 17, 2018

Summary A group of Egyptian representatives from the British-Egyptian Parliamentary Friendship Group traveled to the United Kingdom to meet with state officials. The parliamentary delegation met with executive and legislative officials in both houses of the U.K. Parliament and with...