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Egypt's Africa Problem

Analysis: While everyone from Chinese to Turks is busy profiting from Africa's newfound economic growth, Egypt has been slow to capitalize on opportunities on its own continent. It's a question of both initiative and identity for a count

Sunset over Alexandria (Daveness_98)
Sunset over Alexandria (Daveness_98)
Mohamed Khalil

CAIRO - With the shock of the 2008 financial crisis still reverberating, and more recent sovereign debt crises threatening Europe, more and more investors are looking to Africa as the last great frontier. The continent is seen as rich in potential returns on investment, abundance of resources, and room for economic growth.

All of this is especially pertinent to Egypt ― a country that has long considered itself as a continental leader and heavyweight. Two events ― South Africa's hosting of the World Cup and the current disagreement over the Comprehensive Framework Agreement on Nile water usage ― has Egyptians focused on a continent that it somehow does not yet fully embrace. The average Egyptian sees him or herself alternatively as Arab, Muslim, Christian or Egyptian before identifying as African.

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AMLO Power Grab: Mexico's Electoral Reform Would Make Machiavelli Proud

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, aka AMLO, says his plans to reform the electoral system are a way to save taxpayer money. A closer look tells a different story.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of Mexico votes

Luis Rubio

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MEXICO CITY — For supporters of Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) the goal is clear: to keep power beyond the 2024 general election, at any price. Finally, the engineers of the much-touted Fourth Transformation, ALMO's 2018 campaign promise to do away with the privileged abuses that have plagued Mexican politics for decades, are showing their colors.

Current electoral laws date back to the 1990s, when unending electoral disputes were a constant of every voting round and impeded effective governance in numerous states and districts. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and its predecessor, the IFE, were created to solve once and for all those endemic disputes.

Their promoters hoped Mexico could expect a more honest future, with the electoral question resolved. The 2006 presidential elections, which included AMLO as a recalcitrant loser, showed this was hoping for too much. That election is also, remotely, at the source of the president's new electoral initiative.

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