Shoe-hurling MP banned from parliament until September
MP Kamal during throwing his shoes at recently-dismissed lawmaker Tawfik Okasah

CAIRO: Member of Parliament Kamal Ahmed was banned from attending House of Representatives sessions until September, per a Monday parliamentary decision after he threw his shoes at recently-dismissed lawmaker Tawfik Okasha.

Kamal hurled his shoes at Okasha Feb. 28 inside the parliament to express his anger over Okasha’s meeting with Israeli ambassador to Cairo Haim Koren.

Okasha was expelled permanently from the current parliament; a number of lawmakers submitted requests to vote over his expulsion, for which the majority voted.

The decision to vote over his membership in the parliament came after his meeting with Koren without notifying the parliament, but he had stirred controversy before that for attacking Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and verbally abusing speaker Ali Abdel Aal and other members.

Okasha’s TV channel al-Faraeen has also been banned for a year for “jeopardizing national security” in some of his episodes.


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