Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news June 29: Egypt’s parliament approves budget of FY 2016/2017; Sisi: new system for Thanaweya Amma next year; Egypt bans use of debit card abroad -central bank official
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Politics:

Egypt’s parliament approves budget of FY 2016/2017

Egypt’s House of Representatives passed Wednesday the draft of state’s general budget of 2016/2017 fiscal year. The parliament also approved a total of 50 economic projects, Youm7 reported.

Egypt’s Shoukry delivers Abbas a message from Sisi n peace talks

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry has visited Ramallah to deliver Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a message from Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, according to a statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Wednesday. The message came in light of Egypt’s role to resume the stalled peace negotiation between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and to reach an agreement of two-state solution.

 

Egypt condemns Istanbul Ataturk airport attack

Egypt condemned Tuesday’s “terrorist attack” at Istanbul’s Ataturk international airport that has killed 36 people and injured more than 140.

Spokesperson for the Egyptian foreign ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement that “Egypt stands by the Turkish people in this critical moment. He also expressed Egypt’s condolences to the victims of the families and wishes for a fast recovery for the injured.

EgyptAir cancels Wed. flights to Turkey over Istanbul airport attack

EgyptAir announced it had cancelled its two flights to Turkey on Wednesday following the suicide bomb attack that rocked Ataturk airport on Tuesday.

Flights 737 and 735 scheduled to depart Cairo International Airport at 09:50 and 14:20 respectively have been cancelled indefinitely, a statement from Egypt’s national carrier said on Tuesday.

 

Local:

Sisi: new system for Thanaweya Amma to stop exam leak next year

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced Wednesday that the government will put a new system for the Thanaweya Amma (high school diploma) education to stop exam leak. His comments came during the celebration organized by the Religious Endowment Ministry to celebrate Laylat al-Qadr.

Thanaweya Amma students protest outside Journalists’ Syndicate

A number of Thanaweya Amma students (high school diploma) have protested against the minister of education outside the Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate Wednesday. The protesting students voiced their rejection to the Minister’s decision of re-conducting the Dynamics test after leaking it last week. Several hours later, the students ended their protest after negotiating with the security forces outside the syndicate.

 

Clashes between security forces, local residents over water supply

Clashes have been broke out between security forces and local residents of village suffers water outages in Dakahlia governorate when the workers of company of drinking water and sanitation link water pipeline in the village Wednesday, Youm7 reported. A total of 15 civilians were arrested over accusation of assaulting police personnel and water workers.

 

Murderer of Yemeni Masters student arrested

The murderer of a Cairo-based Yemeni student has been arrested and admitted to perpetrating the crime, according to a Tuesday statement by the Yemeni embassy.

Mona Moftah, who was a Masters student at the Faculty of Economics and Political Studies of Cairo University, was found dead and burned in her apartment in Manial June 24. Preliminary investigations revealed that robbery was behind the murder, and that the assailants burned parts of the apartment to hide traces of their crime.

 Education Ministry heavily secured in anticipation of students protest Heavy security surrounded the Education ministry Wednesday amid calls to demonstrate at the building by Thanaweya Amma students to protest cancelling the dynamics test and postponing the history, algebra and geology tests due to exam leakage crisis.

 

Business:

Egypt bans use of debit card abroad -central bank official

(Reuters)- Egypt’s central bank has ordered banks to stop the use of debit cards for accounts in Egyptian pounds abroad, a central bank official said on Wednesday.

“We sent a letter to bank chiefs today to stop the use of debit cards outside the country. As for credit cards it is business as usual and each bank sets their own limit for their clients,” the official told Reuters by telephone.

 

Egypt forms committee to study Brexist’s effects on its economy

Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FECC) has formed a committee to study the repercussions of the Brexist on Egypt’s economy, Youm7 reported FECC chairperson Ahmed al-Wakil, who stated that the brexist will affect Egypt and there should be a study to know the challenges, particularly during the two-year negotiations between the European Union and Britain.

 

Egypt exports to Nile Basin countries register 2% decrease in March

Egypt’s exports to Nile Basin countries registered a year-on-year (YoY) decrease of approximately 2 percent reaching $94.995 million in March 2016, down from $97.901 million in the same month last year, according to a Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) report issued Tuesday.

Egypt’s imports from the same states also decreased to reach $32.918 million in March down from $34.603 million during the same month last year.

 

Culture and Social:

“20 Q&A on Islam and Women” available in UK, Holland

Moroccan writer Asmaa al-Merabet’s book “20 Questions and Answers on Islam and Women from a reformist vision” has been issued in English in the U.K. and the Netherlands. The book touches on ethics cited in the Quran in relations to the relationship between the opposite sexes and tackles concepts in the holy book on the benefits of equality between genders.

The book also talks about the contemporary crisis of Muslim women between an extremist vision and a Westernized vision with a unilateral idea of Islam.

 

JICA renews aid for GEM for 3 years

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aid to the Grand Egyptian Museum will be renewed for three years, it includes transferring antiquities in critical conditions such as King Tut Ankh Amen’s textiles and chariots and a group of monuments that belonged to King Sneferu.

The aid is separate from the Japanese loan provided to finish preparing the museum. The aid also involves restoration of monuments and setting them for display.

 

Civilization Coordination requests 13% increase to beautify squares

The Civilizational Coordination Authority requested a 13% increase in its budget but has received any feedback thus far, head of the authority Mohamed Abu Seda told Youm7 Tuesday.

The budget increase aims to beautify squares and increase branches of the authority in governorates to monitor work related to it and detect violations, Abu Seda said.

 

Sports:

Ahly bottom group A after CAF Champions League heartbreaking loss by Asec Mimosas

Cairo giants Al Ahly lost 2-1 at home to ASEC Mimosas in the second round of CAF Champions League on Tuesday, Just three days after being crowned Egypt’s champions.

Al Ahly’s second consecutive CAF Champions League loss has placed the eight-time title winners at the bottom of Group A with 0 points.

 

Ahly fans launch hashtag demanding dismissal of goalkeeper

Fans of Cairo giants Al Ahly launched a Twitter hashtag demanding the dismissal of goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy blaming him for the 2-1 loss to ASEC Mimosas in the second round of CAF Champions League on Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

Following the game which took place in Alexandria, Ekramy became the center of attention after his mistake that lead to ASEC’s eventual winner. In a press conference following the game, Al Ahly’s manager Martin Jol said the club needs to reinforce the goalkeeping position, as well as improve the defensive displays.

 

Egyptian football association elections to take place late Aug.: acting president

The elections of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) will take place in August 25, Sarwat Swilam, Acting President & Executive Director of the EFA was quoted by Youm7 Wednesday.

The elections come after the Supreme Administrative Court ordered the dissolution of the EFA in a final decision in March.

 

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