UPDATE: Egypt’s political digest July 8:Sisi receives phone call from Irish PM over detained Ibrahim Halawa
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reacts after delivering a speech at the Lower House of parliament in Tokyo

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Sisi receives phone call from Irish PM over detained Ibrahim Halawa

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi received a phone call from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who pushed for the release of detained Irish student Ibrahim Halawa, state news agency MENA reported Friday.

From his side, Sisi asserted on the impartiality and independency of the Egyptian judiciary and expressed his incapability to intervene in its affairs.

Halawa, 20, was arrested at a protest staged by pro-Muslim Brotherhood group in Cairo in August 2013. In June his trial was postponed until October 2.

Egypt’s Attorney General orders the sale of seized foodstuff to public at market price

Attorney General Nabil Sadek ordered to put foodstuff and goods seized in police raids on sale to public at the same price through public sector companies, Al Masry al Youm7 reported Thursday.

The order came after the Solidarity Ministry announced the seizure of 21 tons of rotten salted fish on Wednesday as a part of a crackdown on unsafe foods by police.

The decision was praised by Internal Trade and Supply Minister Khaled Hanafy who added that the money collected from the sale will be temporarily placed under the judicial guardianship until a final verdict is issued in the lawsuits relating to the seized goods.

Israel finds possible debris from crashed EgyptAir jet; Egypt coordinates for restoration

The Egyptian committee investigating the EgyptAir MS804 crash stated Thursday that coordination is underway to transfer the debris found in Israel to Cairo to verify if it belongs to the ill-fated jet that fall into the Mediterranean in May.

Reuters quoted an official at the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office saying that wreckage apparently from the crashed Egyptian jet was washed up on a beach north of Tel Aviv.

The John Lethbridge survey vessel, hired by Egypt to search for jet parts in the sea, is still searching to ensure there are no human remains at the crash site, Egyptian committee said in its statement.

Egypt to be harmed of post-Netanyahu visit to Nile Basin states: Political Science professor

Professor of Political Science at Cairo University Tareq Fahmy told Youm7 that Egypt will “be harmed of repercussions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Nile basin states,” adding that Israel represents its self as providing finance for Africa’s dam construction and development achievement.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Mohamed el-Orabi, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee at the Parliament, said that African countries will not forget the Palestinian case, and will not grant a settler entity, in reference to Israel, an observer status.

Netanyahu began Monday a four-country trip to East Africa states including: Ughanda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

160 ‘wanted’ Egyptians listed by Interpol, including 56 MBs & 9 Mubarak era’s figures

A total of 160 Egyptians are listed as ‘wanted’ by the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) for Egypt, which has sent red notices with their names to all state members; an anonymous judicial source told Youm7.

The names include 56 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood and nine figures of the former regime of President Hosni Mubarak.

MPs request resumption of Parliament live broadcast

A number of members of parliament announced they will submit a request to the Parliament’s Speaker Ali Abdel Aal after Eid el-Fitr vacation to resume live broadcast of sessions, saying “it is the people’s right to monitor the performance of their representatives,” as quoted by Youm7.

The halt of the live broadcast of the parliament sessions is believed to have taken place after “improper” attitude by MPs in front of the cameras.

MP Elhamy Ageena, who strongly supports the return of live broadcast, said that MPs are now more experienced and familiar with the parliamentary work.

Amendments to 2013 Protest Law to finalize soon: Minister

Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Magdy al-Agaty stated that required amendments to the 2013 Protest law and the draft law regulating the press will soon to be finalized and then will be sent to the Parliament.

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