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Current issue | Issue 1181, (23 - 29 January 2014)
Friday,26 April, 2019
Issue 1181, (23 - 29 January 2014)

Ahram Weekly


A revolutionary government

“We’ve triumphantly concluded a difficult phase. The present cabinet boasts some competent ministers; however, it has not been revolutionary enough during this delicate phase of Egyptian history. The right decision at the right time was not made. Thus, for the next phase, we call for a revolutionary government that will listen to the demands of the people.”

Ahmed Ragab,

Akhbar Al-Youm

55 per cent of Egyptian employees are not engaged in their jobs

“13 per cent of Egyptians are engaged in their jobs, 55 per cent not engaged and 32 per cent actively disengaged” according to a questionnaire conducted by the Gallup organisation entitled “State of the global workplace, employee engagement insights for business leaders worldwide”،



I can’t see it working

A stalled revolution, a “ruling” class that is “no longer able” to rule (and never really developed the knack for it, merely for plunder while in bed with the state bureaucracy), a rebellious people who “are not yet able”, a cold civil war with smatterings of terrorism and subversion (shock and awe)... Add a “Lucien de Rubempré” who believes he’s on “a date with destiny” and you get a textbook recipe for Bonapartism. Still, I can’t see it working!

Hani Shukrallah

Tactical or strategic recovery

“I thank God that the governance machine was not totally misguided by the results of the referendum and that they started reading between the lines.
“The leaked news about the latest cabinet meeting in which General Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi said there is no return of old faces to the political scene, his pledge that there will not be any return to the pre-25 January 2011 status quo, the instructions given to satellite media to stop its attack on the 25 January Revolution and the young activists that took part in it are all signs of a late recovery of the governance machine.
“I pray to God that this recovery is no mere tactic ahead of the presidential elections after which they will return to the strategy of Field Marshal Tantawi.”

Hazem Hosni


Erin Cunningham @erinmcunninghamJan 15

“For most people, it is Sisi who is giving the constitution legitimacy, not vice-versa.”

Ahmed Suliman @AhmedASuli6h

The turnout for the Egyptian referendum was only 40% yet still more than the turnout under the Muslim Brotherhood

Khalid Abdalla @khalidabdalla19h

Any monochromatic vote is a sign of dysfunction. 98.1% is a long fuse, but it has been lit & will implode. Sooner or later.

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