UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest June 25:Egypt supports peaceful solution to South China Sea dispute: statement
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid. YOUM7 (archive)

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Egypt supports peaceful solution to South China Sea dispute: statement

The Egyptian political leadership is determined to support a peaceful solution for the South China Sea territorial conflict, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement Saturday.

Egypt supports the stance of a number of Arab nations concerning China’s position on the South China Sea issue, Abu Zaid said in an interview with Xinhua.


Egypt dispatches medical convoy to Eritrea

An Egyptian medical convoy has been dispatched to Eritrea to assist in conducting multiple surgical operations for those who are in need, the Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday.

The convoy, from the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development, includes 8 doctors in addition to various medical equipments.


Egypt’s parliament to receive three draft laws to amend Protest Law
The human Rights Committee at Egypt’s House of Parliament will receive three draft laws concerning amendments to the controversial protest law, Mohamed al-Komi, a committee member, told Youm7 Friday.

He clarified that the government will submit a draft law, while the two others will be presented by the National Council of Human Rights (NCHR) and a member from the Parliamentary Committee.

The protest law, issued November 2013, stipulates that protests can only take place with a police permit. Accordingly, hundreds of people, including activists and students, have been jailed over breaching the law. The controversial law was harshly slammed by politicians and rights groups, locally and internationally, accusing it of being used to punish activists and curb freedom of expression.


Cairo Court considers trial of 213 accused of belonging to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis
A Cairo Criminal Court will consider Saturday a trial of 213 people, allegedly accused of belonging to militant group of Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis that committed a total of 54 crimes against police personnel, and tried to assassinated former Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim, Youm7 reported.

On Feb. 21, 2015, Egyptian General Prosecution imposed media gag on the investigations of the case, while the first session that has been held in March 5, 2015 allowed to be covered by only the authorized media.
Government calls Parliament to finalize draft law of municipality
Egypt’s government has called the House of Representatives to finalize a draft law of municipality, to be a step forward holding municipal elections nationwide at the end of this year, according to a statement from the cabinet Friday.

In April, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has called for carrying out municipal elections by the end of 2016, in light of “fighting corruptions.”


Alexandria branch of outlawed Muslim brotherhood to hold internal elections

Alexandria branch of the outlawed Muslim brotherhood announced in a statement Friday that it will carry out internal elections as a step for holding elections in all the groupbranches nationwide, Youm7 reported, the decision came in defiance of Mahmoud Ezzat is the interim Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, who rejects holding any elections.

Reconciliation with Muslim Brotherhood ‘unconstitutional,’ group’s ex-member

Law of the Transitional Justice, which is waiting for the parliament’s approval, does not stipulate that the government shall reconcile with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the group former member Thrwat al-Kharabawi told Youm7. He added that such reconciliation is unconstitutional.

He added that the law opened the door only for former President Hosni Mubarak’s men, who did not commit crimes or corruption could reconcile with the government.

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