March 31st 2013 in Briefings International Relations

Stability is nowhere in sight in the Arab Republic of Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government of President Mohamed Mursi continues to battle its political opponents in the courts and on the streets. On March 26, prominent Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah was arrested along with his colleagues on charges of “inciting violence” against members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Meanwhile, in a blow for Mursi, Egypt’s top appeals court overturned his decision to sack the country’s top prosecutor, and it has reinstated Mubarak-appointed Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud. Fuel shortages have also led to spiking food prices in the country, and a declining economic situation continues to add fuel to the persisting atmosphere of tension through the country. (March 26, 2013 – BBC; March 27, 2013 – VOA News; March 31, 2013 – Boston Globe