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The Obama administration said Tuesday it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance. Secretary of State John Kerry informed Egypt's foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, of the decision in a telephone call, crediting the Egyptian government with sustaining its strategic relationship with the United States and fulfilling its obligations to Israel, according to State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

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On April 22, Cairo's Criminal Court adjourned the trial of 20 journalists - among them Al Jazeera's Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed - on charges of aiding a terrorist group. The trial has been adjourned to May 3

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On Sunday the Egyptian Presidential Elections Committee cleared presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi to participate in Egypt’s upcoming presidential elections. The Nasserist politician who has a strong following amongst the youth and left finished third in the 2012 presidential elections just missing a run-off. Since officially announcing his candidacy earlier this year, Sabbahi has not spoken in great detail about his electoral platform for the coming elections. Heba Yassin, a spokeswoman for Sabbahi’s Popular Current, discussed Sabbahi’s 2014 platform with the Egyptian Arabic daily Shorouk. In an article published on Monday, Shorouk detailed the several new planks in Sabbahi’s platform, which is expected to be announced within a week. 

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A bloody clash between two tribes in Aswan recently claimed more than twenty lives and left many wounded. On top of the current political struggle, the violations of rights and freedoms, and the danger of terrorism and violence, the blood spilled in the south is a harsh reminder that we do not live in a normal country, in a normal society, or with normal citizens. The great changes that have swept Egypt require solidarity and serious discussion of practical solutions that will only come from a cry for rationality.

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The trial of twenty people accused of creating “a terrorist media network” and spreading false news continued on Tuesday at Tora prison. Journalists in the courtroom reported that, for the first time, they were kicked out of the courtroom during the recess.

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Catch up on the latest out of Egypt every week, with analysis, news updates, photos, videos, and more.

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Egypt's Presidential Electoral Commission (PEC) said on Sunday only two presidential hopefuls—former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi—are to run in next month's presidential poll.

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At the end of March, Egypt’s high electoral commission  announced the dates of Egypt’s presidential elections. As expected former Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced his candidacy joining long time activist Hamdeen Sabbahi in the race for the presidency. The success of Egypt’s next president will, for the most part, depend on how he addresses the economy. Burdened by instability, lack of foreign investment, high unemployment, acute energy crisis, and crumbling infrastructure, Egypt’s battered economy will require sound macroeconomic policies to recover.

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Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi has garnered 30,000 signatures of support for his candidacy from eighteen governorates across the country, his campaign announced on Thursday.

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With voting in Egypt's second presidential elections in two years expected to take place on May 26 and 27, EgyptSource will be providing periodic updates on the latest news coming out of the Egyptian elections process.

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