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Egypt's 'kofta' scandal sign of missing checks, balances

Egypt needs an effective opposition and parliament to balance executive power.
A man grills kebab, which is used to prepare sandwiches for passers-by, along a street corner in Cairo February 23, 2010. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih(EGYPT - Tags: FOOD SOCIETY) - RTR2AROO

Two seemingly unrelated news items have caused a great deal of controversy on the Egyptian scene.

The first was the announcement by a medical committee to postpone clinical use of a new treatment for the viruses that cause Hepatitis C and HIV using a controversial device developed by Egypt’s Armed Forces Engineers Corps until after — and if — the device’s efficacy and safety is established, which could take at least a year.

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