German think tank Friedrich Naumann Foundation pulling out of Egypt over 'restrictions'
AP, Thursday 21 Jan 2016


A well-known German think tank says it is moving its Mideast operations out of Egypt, saying that ever-stricter government restrictions have made it impossible to carry out its work.

Wolfgang Gerhardt, chairman of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, which has links to Germany's Free Democratic Party, told the dpa news agency Wednesday the he was moving the organization's operations to Amman, Jordan.

Gerhardt said "since today every political seminar, every conference that we organize with our Egyptian partners is misunderstood as a possible threat to the internal security of Egypt. We have no basis to operate."

Many international rights' groups and other NGOs have closed shop in Egypt following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, citing growing government restrictions on their day to day operation.

*The story was edited by Ahram Online.



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