Tunisians are going to choose the president among a populist tycoon who just got out of jail against a conservative professor in a runoff vote on Sunday.
The vote comes two weeks after the first round of a presidential election that swept aside traditional political parties in favour of independent candidates, a trend likely to be repeated in the ballot for MPs.
Promises of political reform and the reinstatement of food subsidies follow days of protests against President Abdel Fattah el Sisi’s government.
Gamal Eid, head of Arab Network for Human Rights Information, says his group and two others have jointly documented more than 1,100 arrests following last week's protests that called on President Abdel Fattah el Sisi to quit.
The Egyptian government easily silences or dismisses critics but even President Sisi is having a hard time ignoring one wealthy exile sparking protests in Egypt.
Hundreds of Egyptians staged protests in Cairo and other cities against President Abdel Fattah el Sisi, as #TahrirSquare hashtag became a trending topic on Twitter shortly after the protests began.
The pro-Sisi judiciary in Egypt continues to pursue the family members of the former president Mohammed Morsi.
Bahrain leads the charge in befriending Israel as Gulf nations prioritise the Iranian 'threat' and shove Palestine off the agenda.
Residents said fighting restarted in Aden when government forces attacked the Yemeni city's eastern suburbs and fought artillery duels with UAE-backed southern separatists.
The UN has deferred an anti-torture conference in Egypt, a country long accused of torturing political dissidents.
Egypt's interior ministry said they killed at least 17 militants in raids in Cairo and in Fayoum, four days after a car filled with explosives wrecked outside the county's main cancer hospital, killing at least 20 people.
Once a Sahwa leader and a trusted aide of the royal family, Salman al Odah could face the death penalty on terrorism-related charges.
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