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A protest last month in support of Egyptian photojournalist Ahmed Ramadan, who was arrested on charges of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood
A protest last month in support of Egyptian photojournalist Ahmed Ramadan, who was arrested on charges of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood
Mostafa Mohie

CAIRO — In the past two months, at least five people have died in Egyptian police custody after being arrested on politically related charges. Four of the detainees belonged to the conservative Jama'a al-Islamiya group, while another was accused of belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Three of those Jama'a al-Islamiya members died over just a 10-day span.

Police say the deceased were already in poor health before they were detained. But families of the victims accuse prison authorities of deliberate medical negligence.

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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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