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The High Elections Committee (HEC) announced Monday that five international organizations have been approved to monitor Egypt’s upcoming parliamentary elections in March.

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The Democratic Trend Alliance, which includes the Dostour Party, the Social Popular Alliance Party, the Popular Current, the Karama Party, the Socialist Party, and the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, will reconsider participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections in protest over a female activist's death on Saturday.

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In the days leading up to the four year anniversary of Egypt’s January 25 uprising, at least two protesters were killed, among them activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh. The death toll spiked on the anniversary itself, with over twenty killed and close to 100 injured. Violence was also witnessed in parts of the country in the form of attacks on police officers, electricity pylons, and railway lines. Below is a rundown of the violence Egypt witnessed over the January 25 weekend.

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The success of the popular uprisings and revolutions which peacefully demanded dignity, freedom, and social justice will be measured by the extent to which they are able to build new legislative, executive, and judicial institutions and political parties to manage the affairs of citizens, the society, and the state. Their success will also be judged based on whether they can push existing institutions to leave behind their authoritarian ways, abide by the rule of law, protect the rights and freedoms of the people, and exercise rotation of power – and thus gradually allow for the creation of a democratic system of governance.

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Twenty-three people were killed and ninety-seven injured at protests around the country on the fourth anniversary of the 2011 revolution, the health ministry announced on Monday. Most of the deaths occurred in Cairo and Alexandria during violent clashes, with most civilians killed in Cairo’s Matariya district.

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“Take care when you are demanding your rights, take care, don’t lead us astray with you.” This was part of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s message to Egyptians earlier this week as he spoke before police officers to mark Police Day, a date which coincides with Egypt’s 2011 uprising.  “Nobody is against human rights…but today Egypt is in an exceptional condition,” he added.

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The Egyptian presidency declared seven days of mourning over the death of Saudi King Abdullah, who passed away at the age of 91 early Friday. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi praised the king as a just leader who had devotedly defended pan-Arabism and Islam.

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A lawyer for the sons of Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak said a court ordered their release on Thursday pending retrial in a corruption case, but judicial sources said they would not be freed until prosecutors review other legal cases against them. Their lawyer, Farid al-Deeb, however, said his defendants are expected to leave prison later Thursday. 

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A few days ahead of the anniversary of the January 25, 2011 Revolution, all the well known, so-called “revolutionary youth groups” have yet to announce any major events marking the occasion. The Muslim Brotherhood, on the other hand, has repeated its regular, largely ignored, call to protest over the past nineteen months.

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Human Rights Watch accused Egyptian authorities in a statement released on Wednesday of failing to take serious steps to improve conditions in overcrowded prisons which are causing deaths. The government denied the accusations.

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