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Monday, 3rd November 2014

Egypt: The Return to Authoritarianism and the Crisis of Citizenship Rights

Source: EUSpring via European Policy Centre

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Political and civil rights have deteriorated since the election of Field Marshal Abd El Fattah El Sisi as president of Egypt. And there is no prospect for significant political changes any time soon in Egypt. The public space is currently more restricted than any time after the 25th of January Revolution, with increasing reprisals against pro-democracy activists and civil society. Despite an intractable socio-economic crisis, the military-backed regime led by El Sisi has gained the support of growing numbers of Egyptians by pursuing politics of exclusion since the military removal of President Mohammed Morsi on 3 July 2013 and the unprecedented crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. The spread of disorder and civil conflicts in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as well as the rise of militant Islamists has pushed Egyptians to support this regime as a means to ensure security and stability. In this political climate, revolutionary and democratic political parties and movements have lost popularity. The military's involvement in the political process and the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood have deepened divisions within the democratic opposition. Regional and international geopolitical shifts have also significantly weakened the West’s leverage over domestic politics in Egypt.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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