Egypt’s political digest July 15: Salafi leader slams ‘unified sermon’ as killing preachers’ skills; MP says ‘no official cooperation’ on Alexandria garbage crisis
Thousands of Egyptian Muslims take part in evening prayers called "Tarawih" on Laylat al-Qadr at Amr Ibn El-Aas mosque, the first and oldest mosque ever built on the land of Egypt, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Cairo, Egypt July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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Salafi leader: unified sermon kills ‘preachers’ skills,’ does not fit for all areas

Salafi leader Sameh Abdel Hamid said that the “unified sermon” does not fit for all areas in Egypt; each preacher at a mosque knows what worshippers needs and what problems they face “which will vary between residents of poor villages and upscale cities.”

Abdel Hamid added that the decision to unify sermons would “kill skills of preachers in rehearsing and researching.”

Following the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, the Ministry unified the topic of the religious sermons during Friday prayers to prevent “politicizing” the sermons which had been given sometimes by hardline or Muslim Brotherhood preachers.


MP: No official cooperation to end garbage crisis in Alexandria

Member of Parliament May Mahmoud said that “public servicesin Alexandria governorate are very bad,” adding that all attempts by MPs to end the accumulated garbage crisis has not been met by any cooperation from the executive bodies.


NCHR member Nasser Amin barred from traveling over foreign funding charges

Airport authorities banned from traveling Thursday Lawyer and rights activist Nasser Amin, member of the National Council for Human Rights, over his accusation in the foreign funding case, Youm7 quoted anonymous source at the airport.

Nasser was heading to Beirut, Lebanon Thursday, when he was barred as his name was listed on a ban- from- travel list at the airport.


Blind extremism is the accused in Nice attack: ex-parliamentarian

Ex- parliamentarian Bassel Adel, denounced Thursday’s attack in Nice city, south France, when a truck ran over bystanders, leaving over 80 deaths and dozens injured.

He said in a tweet “terrorism is accelerating in central France, running over freedom, enlightenment, and values of truth, justice and beauty…the crime is complete, accused known; it is the blind extremism.”

“Some see resisting terrorism is a way of curbing public freedoms, and some see it as challenge for more human rights…this is the difference between modernity and backwardness,” Adel wrote on his Twitter account.


ECPPS to hold panel discussion on media, press law Tuesday

The Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS) will hold Tuesday a panel discussion entitled “Reading in the proposed unified media and press law.”

The panel will be attended by media and law experts and representatives of political parties to discuss the law that will be reviewed by the Parliament within days, reported Youm7.

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