Egypt said Jan. 8 it is to hold parliamentary elections from March 21 but analysts said the new legislature will offer no meaningful opposition to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's iron-fisted rule.
The elections, which will be held in phases culminating on May 7, will be the first since Sisi overthrew his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013.
The Middle East entered the new year with a new balance of power.
Two weeks ago, Qatar and Egypt started normalizing their relations. This reconciliation, however, affects not only these two countries, but also the wider region to a great extent and implies a newly emerging equilibrium.
Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish Research Program at The Washington Institute, does not beat around the bush. âOn Syria, Turkey needs to cut and run. Built a wall on its border and turn away,â he said when we talked last month in Istanbul.
The United States has delivered 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt in recent weeks after lifting part of a freeze on aid to the north African nation, a U.S. official said Dec. 20.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had been promising Cairo's new leadership that the aircraft - aimed to join counter-terrorism operations in the Sinai peninsula - would be delivered soon.