MP stripped of post over mtg with Israeli amb
owner of Faraeen Channel Tawfiq Okasha - YOUM7 (ARCHIVE)

CAIRO: The Egyptian House of Representatives voted Wednesday to withdraw membership from MP Tawfik Okasha, over his meeting with the Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Youm7 reported.

A total of 465 out of 596 parliamentarians (more than two-thirds of the House of Representatives) voted for withdrawing membership over his Feb. 25 meeting with Israeli ambassador to Cairo Haim Koren with whom he discussed issues concerning “state’s security.”

Okasha has faced a barrage of criticism by the Parliamentarians and Egyptian civilians after the three-hour meeting during which they “continued cooperation” and Israeli relations with Arab countries and the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD,) according to a statement on the Israeli embassy homepage. Okasha was referred to an investigative committee of the Parliament.

A parliamentary committee tasked with investigating Okasha’s meeting with the Israeli ambassador in his home last week initially recommended a year-long suspension from the parliament.

Member of Al-Ahrar political party in Delta’s Dakahlia governorate Hamada Awadein filed Monday a complaint to the Attorney General against Okasha, a lawmaker who was was beaten by a colleague with his shoe on the house floor Sunday, accusing him of “spying and disturbing he public order and security.”


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