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Egyptian Police: In Service of the Regime

A member of the Egyptian security forces is seen with a pump rifle in the Matariye neighborhood of Cairo during a demonstration on the fourth anniversary of Egyptian revolution on January 25, 2015. Anadolu Agency/Ahmed Taranh

By: Ahmad Jamaleddine

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Four years ago, the Egyptian police were at the height of their power, manifested in teargas bombs, weapons, and an iron grip. Then they were overpowered by the people in less than 72 hours. Despite promises to restructure the police apparatus, the violent security policies against demonstrations have not changed.

Egypt extends presidential vote to Wednesday amid low turnout

An Egyptian man walks past army vehicles stationed outside a polling station in Cairo on May 27, 2014, on the second day of Egypt's presidential election. (Photo: AFP - Mahmoud Khaled)

Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Egypt's presidential election was extended by a day on Tuesday in an effort to boost lower than expected turnout that threatened to undermine the credibility of the front-runner, former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

After Sisi called for record voter participation, low turnout would be seen at home and abroad as an immediate setback for the field marshal who toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi.

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