VICE News Daily: Egypt Demolishes Mubarak Party HQ

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Islamic State destroys Syria’s infamous Tadmur prison near Palmyra, students in Nepal return to classes for the first time since a massive earthquake damaged more than 8,000 schools, Egyptian demolition crews began taking down the burnt-out headquarters of former President Hosni Mubarak’s political party, and China’s new tough smoking ban takes effect.

SYRIA
Islamic State Destroys Infamous Syrian Prison
After taking control of Palmyra, IS militants destroyed Tadmur prison known for holding thousands of political prisoners.

NEPAL
Schools Reopen After Devastating Earthquake
More than 8,000 learning centers were damaged in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck more than a month ago.

EGYPT
Demolition Begins at Mubarak Party Headquarters
The burnt-out NDP building was destroyed during the 2011 uprising and became a symbol of Mubarak’s iron-fisted rule.

CHINA
Beijing Implements Toughest Smoking Ban to Date
An estimated 1.5 million people die of smoking related illnesses in China each year.

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Egyptian Election Amid Political Crisis and Insurgency

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Just three and half years after the popular revolution which overthrew longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians returned to the polls in May to participate in their second presidential election in 23 months.

Former President Mohamed Morsi was deposed by army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in July 2013. The months following Morsi’s ouster have been marked by violence, regular anti-regime demonstrations, a crackdown on opposition groups, and insurgency against the country’s security forces.

All the while, Sisi’s popularity grew immensely as he prepared to stand in this election. His lone competitor was Hamdeen Sabahi, who finished third to Morsi in 2012.

VICE News reporter Seif Khirfan spoke to supporters of both candidates and those boycotting the election, discussed military rule, and attended a Sabahi campaign event. He then visited Cairo’s Tahrir Square on results night, focal point of the revolution that removed Mubarak in 2011 and anti-Morsi protests in 2013.

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