Egyptians vote on a new constitution Tuesday, and the draft contains some new concepts like a ban on torture. But the power of the military is largely unchanged.
Egypt's solitary confinement of political prisoners, some for weeks, some even years, amounts to "torture," concludes Amnesty International. The London-based group says its findings drew silence from Cairo.
The Egyptian regime has promised fair elections, but el-Sissi is sure to be re-elected, says Middle East expert Günter Meyer. The sole opposition candidate is to give the impression that the election is a democratic one.
Egypt is extending its state of emergency, first imposed following bomb attacks on two churches in April last year. An Islamist insurgency in Sinai has increasingly crept into other parts of Egypt, including Cairo.
Al-Azhar has opened booths in Cairo metro stations to offer guidance and counter extremism. Egyptians have welcomed the presence of the renowned Sunni Islam institution, though some are uncomfortable, reports Mat Nashed.
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