Egypt

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INFORMATION

Capital: Cairo

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Economy:

  • Based mainly on agriculture, media, petroleum exports, exports of natural gas, and tourism.
  • Economic conditions have started to improve considerably after a period of stagnation from the adoption of more liberal economic policies by the Government as well as increased revenues from tourism and a booming stock market.

Population: 92,765,000 (2016)

Land Size: 1 million sq km (386,874 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Arab: 99.6%
  • Other: 0.4%
Religions:

  • Muslim (mostly Sunni): 90%
  • Coptic: 9%
  • Christian: 1%

Language(s):

  • Arabic (official)
  • English
  • French

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RECENT NEWS

  • Wed - May 24, 2017: Tripoli Hold Zamalek - AllAfrica News: Egypt
    [The Herald] Five-time African champions Zamalek were held to a surprise goalless draw by Al Ahli Tripoli in a CAF Champions League Group B encounter in Tunisia last night. The Libyan side have to play their matches in Tunisia because of unrest in their country. Having fallen to a 0-3 defeat at the hands of USM Alger of Algeria in their first match, Al Ahli Tripoli were expected to be easy prey for Zamalek.
  • Wed - May 24, 2017: 'Egypt Involved in Darfur Attacks' - Al Bashir - AllAfrica News: Egypt
    [Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -President Omar Al Bashir officially accused Egypt of involvement in the fighting in areas in North and East Darfur states on Sunday.
  • Wed - May 24, 2017: In Retrial, 2 Journalists Acquitted, 3 Others' Sentences Reduced - AllAfrica News: Egypt
    [CPJ] New York -The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed the verdict by the Giza Criminal Court acquitting Egyptian journalists Hany Salah-el-Deen and Mosad Al-Barbary, and called on authorities to immediately free Abdullah al-Fakharany, Samhi Mustafa, and Mohamed al-Adly, whose sentences were reduced to five years from 25 years.
  • Wed - May 24, 2017: Journalist Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Role in Al-Jazeera Documentary - AllAfrica News: Egypt
    [CPJ] Egyptian police arrested Khaled Abdel Wahab Radwan from his home on March 7, 2014, according to the Arab Network for Human Rights Information and news reports.
  • Tue - May 23, 2017: 48 to Face Military Trial Over Church Bombings - AllAfrica News: Egypt
    [CISA] Cairo -Egypt has referred 48 people for military trial over suspected involvement in church bombings that killed close to 70 people.