Egypt’s politics digest July 12: Arab league chief urges ‘self control’ by S. Sudan’s warring parties
Arab League Secretart General Ahmed Aboul Gheit. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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Arab league chief urges ‘self control’ by S. Sudan’s warring parties

Arab League (AL) Secretary General has appealed to the warring parties in South Sudan to “exercise self-control” and stop the fighting erupted in the capital Juba since last week, according to AL’s official statement on Monday.

“We urge all conflicting parties to stop aggressive activities and ward off the specter of violence, which might lead to negative percussions on the stability and security of South Sudan,” said the statement.

According to media reports, at least 300 people have been killed in the fighting that broke out on Thursday between armed forces loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and Vice-President, Riek Machar. However, senior officials and military officers from each side blame each other for causing the fighting.


Lawmaker to present a draft bill imposing drug test on state employees

An Egyptian lawmaker said he would submit a draft bill imposes a mandatory drug test on all state employees, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

Elhamy Agena, member of the House of Representatives’ Human Rights Committee went further saying that his bill will also include a proposal to obligate state officials to present a periodic proof of clean criminal record.

State officials failing a drug test would be subject to a pay cut, he added.

Egypt is among the highest 12 countries in terms of Hashish production, according to a 2015 report issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC.)


Egypt’s FM in Rwanda to participate in 27th AU Summit

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry headed to Rwanda Tuesday to participate in the African Union (AU) Member States’ 29th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, scheduled to start Wednesday, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al Sisi is expected to take part in the 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the AU is scheduled to take place on July 17 and 18 in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali.

This year’s summit is held under the theme: “2016: Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women.”


Egypt’s water minister due in Uganda for Nile basin council talks

Water and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Aty is scheduled to travel to Uganda to take part in the 24th Annual Nile Council of Ministers (Nile-COM) meetings, scheduled to kick off in Entebbe Thursday, Youm7 quoted cabinet spokesman Hossam al Qawish on Tuesday.

The meetings will focus on how to develop cooperation among the ten Nile Basin countries.

The Nile-COM is the decision-making authority of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI.) It comprises of irrigation ministers from Egypt, Burundi, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.


Interior Minister back to Cairo after Germany visit

Egypt’s Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar returned home after a two-day visit to Germany during which he held talks with his German counterpart Thomas de Maizière on bilateral cooperation and efforts to combat terrorism, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways to crackdown on global terrorism, security airports and illegal immigration through exchanging information and expertise between the two countries.

Abdel Ghaffar said that recent terrorist attacks in Europe confirmed Egypt’s vision on the expansion of terrorism and the importance of forming a global coalition to curb militancy.

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