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Arab affairs analyst H.A. Hellyer talks to CNN's Becky Anderson about recent subsidy cuts in Egypt and challenges facing President Sisi.
Despite the political divisions in Egypt, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi swept into power last May with a huge mandate including turning around a flagging economy, high unemployment and high fuel prices.
To add to that list, is changing the negative perception surrounding Egypt in the international community. Becky sat down with the country's new Foreign Minister for his first international news interview. Watch what he had to say about how Cairo wants to deal with the rest of the world.
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As campaigning begins for Egypt's May election, former Arab League Secretary-General Amre Moussa tells Amara Walker that presidential favorite Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is right to stand up to "terrorists". But is a ban on the Muslim Brotherhood compatible with the constitution he has been helping to craft?
Violence, civil unrest and alleged human rights abuses threaten to overshadow May elections in one-time Middle Eastern powerhouse Egypt. But military maestro and presidential favorite Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is hoping to put his country back on the map for the right reasons.
As Egypt seeks to consign the failure of the Arab Spring to the past, CNN's Becky Anderson discusses the prospect of el-Sisi in power and the regional repercussions. She is joined by the Brookings Institution's H.A. Hellyer and The National's Chief Columnist Faisal al-Yafai.
On Monday, an Egyptian court sentenced at least 528 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood to death on charges related to violent riots last August, including the murder of a police officer.
Egyptian news site Ahram Online said it was the largest set of death sentences handed to defendants in the modern history of Egypt.
Another 683 people are also facing charges, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader Mohammed Badie.
To find out what these mass trials mean for the future of Egypt, Max spoke to Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Abdullah El-Haddad, and political analyst and journalist Ashraf Khalil.
In El-Haddad's opinion the judiciary were not acting independently. He said that the trial was "just a kangaroo court,” and that the speed with which the verdict was delivered – after two sessions of twenty minutes each – indicated this. He also pointed out that, in comparison, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's trial had 48 sessions and took more than two years.
Khalil said that it is still unclear whether this result was influenced by the state's leadership, or whether it was an example of the Egyptian judiciary "pursuing its own agenda.”
In relation to what this means for the future of the country, El-Haddad said that nothing can be fixed until the current leadership is removed and held accountable for "crimes against humanity.”
Watch the full discussion above.
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