CAIRO: The National Council for Disability Affairs (NCDA) lauded President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s appointment of a blind man as Member of Parliament, according to a Monday statement.
“The decision indicates keenness on representing this segment in all walks of life in commensurately with their achievements and giving,” the council said.
Eight people, each with different disabilities have secured seats in the parliament through electoral lists; eight is the minimum number of seats allocated to handicapped people per the law.
With Sisi’s appointment of Khaled Hanafy among the 28 he is legally entitled to designate in the parliament is the ninth handicapped person in the 2015 People’s Assembly.
The decision also reflects the “political leadership’s prioritization the issue of disabilities in all its forms,” head of NCDA Ashraf Marei said in the statement.