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Egypt paves the way for a new dictator

International | Constitutional amendments solidify president’s autocratic rule
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/19/19, 04:57 pm

Egyptian lawmakers last week approved constitutional amendments that could see President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stay in power for another 15 years, raising concern about the country’s stability.

The revisions, which 485 of 596 members of Parliament voted for, extend the presidential term from four to six years, but it would still retain the two-term limit. But a special “transitional article” would allow al-Sisi to be elected for two more terms after his second term ends in 2022. His first term began in 2014 after his army led the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

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Pompeo’s missed opportunity

International | The secretary of state failed to clarify U.S. objectives in the Middle East in Cairo speech
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/11/19, 02:02 pm

EGYPT: The Trump administration is giving the Obama White House a run for its money by compounding weeks of dangerously conflicting policy statements on the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria with a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Cairo Thursday, which a leading expert described as “cynical, petty, incoherent, small.”

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Is a dictator rising in Bangladesh?

International | The prime minister and her party win suspicious landslide victory
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/08/19, 02:02 pm

An electoral process marred by violence, intimidation, and accusations of fraud has solidified one-party rule and added to fears of rising authoritarianism in Bangladesh.

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