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On July 16, the Egyptian Parliament approved the law concerning the treatment of some senior officers of the armed forces, the latest in a number of legislative maneuvers to consolidate the power of the presidency over the military and provide immunity to military personnel who might be accused of mass repression or financial corruption.The law does not specify a minimum rank, allowing the president to select at will the officers to whom it will apply. This effectively bars potential contenders within the top military brass from running for office and challenging Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, as Egyptian law prohibits active or reserve military from holding office – a requirement that the state used to block Sami Anan, the former chief of the general staff of the armed forces, from running against Sisi in the March 2018 presidential election. In most countries, the jurisdiction of military courts is restricted to crimes committed against the military establishment or other members of the armed forces.Egyptian laws have broadened the scope of this military immunity from being tried in civilian courts.
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