Update Egypt’s Politics digest June 22:  Gov’t appeals against annulling deal of handing over Red Sea’ two disputed islands to Saudi Arabia
Protesters against Saudi acquisition of Tiran, Sanafir islands outside Journalists' Syndicate - Youm7

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Gov’t appeals against annulling deal of handing over Red Sea’ two disputed islands to Saudi Arabia

Egypt’s government announced Wednesday that it will appeal against State’s Administrative court’s ruling of annulling a deal of maritime demarcation between the government and Saudi Arabia, per which Cairo announced in April the sovereignty of Saudi on two disputed islands of Tiran and Sanafir in the Red Sea ta Aqaba Gulf entrance.

Official: Egyptian’s hijack crime scotched Cyprus asylum bid

(AP) — An Egyptian hijacker fighting his extradition could have been granted asylum because of his declared opposition to Egypt’s government, but the fact he committed such a serious offense wrecked his chances, a Cyprus Asylum Service official said Wednesday.

Egypt welcomes life imprisonment sentence against Kuwait killed Egyptian expat

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry welcomes Wednesday Kuwaiti court ruling of life in prison against a Kuwaiti national who was found guilty of murdering an Egyptian expat in Kuwait, said Egyptian Foreign Minisry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid.

In October 2015, the Kuwaiti convict has hit the Egyptian national by his car and ran over the body, leaving the expat dead.

Ex-Minister of Agriculture challenges sentence of 10yrs in jail over ‘corruption’

Former Minister of Agriculture Salah Helal’s lawyer has appealed against sentence of 10 years in prison and fine of 1 million EGP given on April 11 to his client over charges of corruption. Mohy Qadh, another high official at the ministry, was also sentenced to 10 years, and was fined500,000 EGP. The remaining two co-defendants, businessman Ayman el-Gamil and Mohamed Fouda were cleared of the charges.

The four were accused of requesting and taking bribes for facilitating the sale of 2,500 acres in Wadi al-Natroun city in Delta’s Beheira Governorate, according to a statement from the National Security Prosecution.

Egypt’s government to finish amendments to protest law in two weeks: Min.

The Ministers of Egyptian government have tackled amendments to the controversial protest law during their weekly meeting on Wednesday. Minister of House of Representatives Affairs MAgdy al-Agati said that the amendments will be written within two weeks.

Court orders to change editor-in-chief of Ahram newspaper

Egypt’s Administrative Court has ordered Wednesday to appoint Mahmoud al-Menawy as Editor in-Chief of al-Ahram newspaper, and annulled the Journalists’ Syndicate decision that extends Mohamed Abdel Hadi Allam’s presidency of the state-owned newspaper.

 22 acquitted of illegal protesting over Red Sea islands

A total of 22 people were acquitted Wednesday of illegal protesting, blocking roads and rioting by Qasr el-Nil Misdemeanor Court. They had been arrested April 15 during demonstrations against the transfer of the Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia. Earlier this month, the same court acquitted 52 protestors in the same case in which dozens stand trial on several charges including staging unauthorized protests.

Parliament receives report on general budget draft

The House of Representatives on Wednesday will receive final report on draft of the general budget for the next fiscal year, Youm7 reported.

The report was prepared by the parliament’s Planning and Budget Committee before it is put up for discussion and voting on Sunday.

Court resumes trial of Salafi leader in Nasr City court besiege case

Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday is set to resume trial of Salafi leader Hazem Salah Abu Ismail and 17 other defendants over besieging Nasr City Court in 2012.

The defendants face accusations of inciting their supporters to siege the court in December 2012, committing violence acts, and preventing the state employees from practicing their jobs.

Egypt’s parliament to review draft bill cancels listing religion on ID

The House of Representatives will soon review the ‘citizenship’ draft bill in which the religion will be abolished from identification cards and all official documents; official spokesperson for the Support Egypt coalition, MP Alaa Abdel Moneim was quoted by Youm7.

The parliament’s Legislative Committee will convene to review the draft bill before it is put up for general discussion, Abdel Moneim added.

Sisi to announce date to start work at Dabaa nuclear power plant in June 30 celebration

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi is expected to announce the start date of the construction work at the Dabaa nuclear power plant during the June 30 celebrations, well informed source at the electricity ministry told Youm7.

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