Egypt / by Michelle Ryan

At the beginning of the month, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi visited Delhi to discuss relations between Egypt and India. Retired Egyptian army general Maj-Gen. Mohammed Ali el-Sheikh was named Egypt’s supply minister. An Egyptian court froze the assets of five prominent human rights defenders and three nongovernmental organisations. The head of news at Egyptian state television, Mostafa Shehata, was fired after the channel mistakenly aired an old interview of President Abdul Fattah el-Sissi. According to a new Human Rights Watch report, Egyptian authorities at the notorious al-Aqrab prison in Cairo abused inmates in ways that may have led to their death. A Cyprus court approved a request from the Egyptian government to extradite Egyptian hijacker Seif Eddin Mustafa. A boat carrying about 600 migrants and refugees capsized in the Mediterranean near the coastal town of Rosetta, Egypt. A senior assistant to Egypt's top prosecutor, Zakaria Abdel Aziz, survived an assassination attempt on 29 September when a car bomb exploded as his motorcade was passing by. As a result of the weakening of the Egyptian pound and an increase in electricity prices, Egypt’s annual inflation rate accelerated to 15.5 per cent in August. Royal Dutch Airlines’ (KLM) will temporarily suspend flights to and from Cairo from 8 January, citing “economic reasons.” According to a senior government official, Egypt is making very good progress toward acquiring the additional financing required to procure a $12 billion loan accord with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Egypt repealed its ban on imports of grains tainted with ergot, a fungus found in wheat.

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