Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news June 22: 22 acquitted of illegal protesting over Red Sea islands; Egypt conducts tests on two black boxes of EgyptAir A320 before unloading data
Egyptians shout slogans against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi during a protest against the decision to hand over control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia in front of the Press Syndicate, in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian security forces have rounded up dozens of activists, journalists, and lawyers ahead of demonstrations called for April 25 against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's policies, including the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, lawyers and witnesses said Friday, April 22. 2016. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
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Politics:

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

Local:

Egypt conducts tests on two black boxes of EgyptAir A320 before unloading data 

The Egyptian Technical Committee, tasked to investigate EgyptAir flight MS804 crash into the Mediterranean last month, announced Wednesday that accurate tests have been conducted before unloading the data from both the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) and the Flight Data Recorder (FDR), Youm7 reported. The committee is removing the salt sediments from more than 200 electrical circuits.

Egypt foils illegal migration attempt to Italy by 70 people

Egyptian coastal guards of Alexandria have foiled an attempt of illegal migration by a total of 70 people who tried to travel to Italy via crossing the Mediterranean Sea Wednesday, Youm7 reported. The migrants are 34 Sudanese, 30 Egyptians, five Eritrean, and one form Djibouti.

Boxing is religiously prohibited: Egypt’s Mufti

Egypt’s grand Mufti Shawqi Allam said that one can learn combat sport and be trained to practice it in a harmless way, but it is “religiously forbidden” to seek professionalism in a way that harm and bring severe disability to one another, reported Youm7.

Allam’s statement was in response to a question about Muslims participation in sports in which wrestlers try to overcome each other, by wounding in head and body.

He also noted that an old religious edict issued by the Islamic Jurisprudence Complex in 1987 stated that boxing is “religiously prohibited.” The reasoning of the edict stated that boxing is based on allowing “serious harm to both fighters that could mount to blindness, severe or chronic damage of brain, fractions or death,” and that the beater is not blamed for this. Furthermore, the edict said that the audience cheers in happiness for the victor not caring for the beaten fighter’s harm.

“This act is totally forbidden and unacceptable in the rule of Islam,” read the edict.

 

Business:

Egypt’s exports to U.S declines by 8% in 2015: CAPMAS

Egyptian exports to the United States reached 8.4 billion EGP ($946 million) in 2015 compared to 9.1 billion EGP (around $1 billion) in 2014, with a decrease rate of 8.0 percent, announced the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) Wednesday.

Egypt’s local wheat purchases thrown into question amid fraud allegations

(Reuters) – Egypt has launched a government-led recount of its wheat silos after an unusually high procurement figure spurred widespread fraud allegations from top industry officials, traders and parliamentarians.

Egypt said last week that in the latest procurement season it bought nearly 5 million tonnes of local wheat from its farmers, the second highest figure on record and well above the 3-3.5 million tonnes per year farmers had delivered in the past decade.

Egypt’s budget deficit reaches 9.8 % in 1st 10 months of 2015-2016 FY: statement

Egypt’s budget deficit reached 9.8 percent of gross domestic product in the first 10 months of the fiscal year 2015-2016, up from 9.5 percent during the same period last financial year; Youm7 quoted a statement from the finance ministry on Tuesday.

The budget deficit stood at 273 billion EGP (around $30.7 billion) during the period July 2015-April 2016 up from 231 billion EGP in the same period a year ago, according to the statement.

Egypt tax revenue increases by 1 % in 10 months

Egypt has collected 243.8 billion EGP (around $27 billion) in tax revenues during the period from July, 1, 2015 to April, 30, 2016 up from 239.1 b during the same period a year earlier, State news agency Mena quoted the Finance Ministry report on Wednesday.

In its report, the ministry attributed the increase to the tax reform policies that have been applied in 2015.

 

Culture and Social:

Christians, Muslims enjoy sohour at Evangelical Church

Hundreds of Christians and Muslims had sohour (a meal Muslims have before dawn and starting the fast in Ramadan) together at the Evangelical Church in Mukattam Tuesday.

The Church distributed fawanees (Ramadan lanterns) amongst the attendees and a Christian woman joked with an Al-Azhar sheikh saying “how are you, father?”

The pastor of the church said suring the gathering “I challenge you that you distinguish between Muslims and Christians, we all worship God.”

 

Show on folkloric foods at Bayt al-Sinnari

 

A recreational show on folkloric foods and other themes will be held at Bayt al-Sinnari in Sayeda Zeinab, Cairo at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Al-Sira Puppet Theater will present the act in cooperation with Zaytuna Art Center.

 

Culture Minister to attend Cairo University’ssohour

 

A sohour will be held at Cairo University Wednesday evening at 100 EGP per ticket; 100,000 students have already registered. Minister of Culture Helmy al-Namnam and Businessman Ahmed Abou Hashima will attend the event. A part will also be held on campus.

 

Sports:

Egypt comes on top of African ranking ahead World Cup draw

Egypt won the first position of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)’s African ranking ahead of the World Cup draw, state-owned newspaperal-Ahram reported an official from the FIFA.

 

Ten Ahly fans slightly injured during Monday’s packed training – Ahram online

Ten Ahly supporters suffered shortness of breath and minor bruising due to overcrowding as thousands of fans attempted to cheer on their players during Monday’s training session, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed announced.

 

15,000 fans to be allowed for al ahly v asec clash – africanfootball

Al Ahly have confirmed that 15,000 supporters will be allowed to attend their CAF Champions League home match against ASEC Mimosas later this month, according to KingFut.

The Egyptian giants will host the Ivory Coast side at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria on June 28.

Egyptian football has become used to the sight of empty stadiums, with fan violence in recent years leading to many games – both domestic and in African club competitions – being played behind closed doors.

 

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