Update: Egypt’s politics digest June 13: MPs demand gov’t discussion
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Sisi invited to Portugal to strengthen ties

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva Monday, where the latter invited the Egyptian president to make an official visit to Lisbon to enhance economic and political relations.

Request to discuss “govt’s negligence” regarding vocational education submitted by MP

Member of Parliament Mona Mounir said in her report to the parliament that vocational education makes a student feel he is “at a low social level” because the government deals with them as “second class” and imposes unfair conditions in case he wanted to pursue higher studies.

MP demands a report from gov’t on means to counter rising prices

A request to question Prime Minister Sherif Ismail over his plan to confront rising prices has been submitted to the parliament by lawmaker Mohamed Badrawy after inflation rate increased by 13%.

Draft law on law to build and renovate churches submitted to parliament

Members of Parliament of Al-Wafd Party have submitted a draft law on building and renovating churches to Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal; Christians in Egypt have long complained about “intransigence” by officials in their requests to build new churches or renovate old ones.

EgyptAir plane made left, right turns according to Armed Forces radar report

The EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean in May made a turn to the left then a 360-degree turn to the right, according to the radar report of the Egyptian Armed Forces, matching the radar reports of the British and Greek radars. Signals from the flight recorder should continue until June 24.

Parliament to discuss amendment to foreigners’ residency law in Egypt

Five percent of the foreigners’ entry visa to Egypt will be allocated to the Interior Ministry; Youm7 quoted an amendment to the foreigners’ residency law in Egypt that is currently being discussed by the defense and national security committee at the House of Representatives. Per the amendment, the Interior Ministry will be using the allocated fees in cases of foreign nationals’ deportation from Egypt.
The parliament discussed 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.

Egypt strongly condemns Orlando deadly shooting

The Egyptian ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced Sunday the Florida shooting on a gay nightclub that left 50 people killed and dozens injured, according to a statement.
The ministry offered Egypt’s condolences to the American government and people, assuring that Egypt stands by the American people in such hard times. The statement repeated that Egypt assures the necessity of fighting terrorism, “which has no religion or boundaries, and contradicts with all humanitarian principles.”

ILO: Egypt’s child labor declines 
The director of International Labor Organization’s office in Egypt, Peter Van said that the size of child labor in Egypt has declined reaching 1.5 million children amid the country’s signing of two international related agreements, and putting a strategy to curb the crisis, reported state-run news agency MENA. Van noted that global figures of child labor declined by 30 percent; however, there are around 160 million children who are working around the world.

Request to allow journalists to attend trial of Press Union leaders

Head of Freedoms Committee at the Press Syndicate, Khaled el-Balshy who is facing trial over spreading false news and harboring fugitives said the union will request that court allows reporters to attend trial session Saturday.
Balshy added that he will be present at court along with the head of the syndicate Yehia Qallash and the general secretary Gamal Abdel Raheem, who are standing the same trial with him.

MP demands binding legislation to appoint people with disabilities

Member of Parliament Osama Sharshar told Youm7 that months-long protests by graduates, who are carrying Masters and PhD degrees as well as people with disabilities, demanding appointment, had not met any response by officials.
Sharshar said that there should be “binding legislatives” to appoint the graduates, as well as to meet the law that sets employment quoted for disabled people by 5 percent.

N. Sinai raises state of alert after government-owned cars disappeared

Three private cars went missing after their owners were killed, and two other government-owned vehicles disappeared over the past two weeks, Youm7 quoted security source in North Sinai.
The source added that state of alert was raised in the area per security instructions, besides, extensive search to be launched for the missing cars.

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