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215 Muslim brotherhood members blacklisted in Egypt
Cairo Criminal Court has listed a total of 215 members from the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood as “terrorists” for three years per a February anti-terrorism decree. The listed Brotherhood leaders are currently standing trial in multiple cases, over charges which include inciting violence, breaking into police stations, killing and terrorism-related charges.
Egypt’s Parliament mulls bill to increase government fees on foreigners
Egypt’s House of Representatives will discuss Sunday a draft law, submitted by the Ministry of Interior, to increase residency and work visa fees for foreigners, Youm7 reported Chairperson of Defense and National Security Committee Kamal Amer.
Call to form unit that controls grants, soft loans given to Egypt
Parliamentarian Medhat al-Sherif, a member of the Economic Committee, has asked the Minister of International Cooperation to establish a unit that monitors and controls grants and soft loans given to the government by international donor countries, Youm7 reported Sunday.
Parliament to discuss banning rice cultivation in al-Wadi al-Gadid
Agriculture Committee of the Parliament will discuss Sunday the banning of rice cultivation in al-Wadi al-Gadid governorate (New Valley) per a decision from the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation. In early May, the government allocated a number of acres for cultivating rice amid the water shortage crisis.
Gov’t may increase public servants’ basic salary package by 7%
The government is mulling a proposal to amend the draft of the controversial Civil Service Law as the employee’s basic salary package will be annually increased by seven percent instead of five percent; the amendments came two days before referring the law to the Parliament.
The draft law has been slammed by hundreds of public servants in many fields who voiced their concerns over their annual incentives that could be affected by the cut of monthly allowances. They accused the government of passing this law to “shrink the state budget deficit on their expenses.”