Three major political parties—the Conference Party, Tagammu and Ghad—withdrew Sunday from the Egyptian Front Coalition and Kamal al-Ganzoury’s list to join the Egyptian Wafd Delegation for upcoming parliamentary elections.
- Fitch’s credit rating upgrade drives Egypt’s markets to gain 10 billion EGP.
National Security chief Gen. Khaled Fawzy was sworn in as the new Intelligence chief; he replaced Mohammed Farid al-Tohamy, who retired by a presidential decree. Fawzy was appointed as intelligence advisor in August.
- A draft law allows Nubian residents to own land.
- International Trade Arbitration Center orders famed TV host Bassem Youssef pay 100 million EGP ($14 billion) as compensation over a dispute with CBC channel.
Most of the Muslim Brotherhood members who were residing in Qatar headed to Turkey after Doha told them they should rearrange their situations following the Saudi-brokered reconciliation between Egypt and Qatar.
- Intensified security near churches during Christmas celebrations.
- Cairo University reaccepted 28 previously dismissed students to its campus.
Ten days ago, a secret meeting was held between a senior Egyptian official and a Qatari intelligence director in the Saudi capital Riyadh to prepare for a Saturday meeting between Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Qatari Special Envoy Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.
- President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is in China on a state visit.