UPDATE: Egypt’s political digest July 15: Crashed Russian plane case will be closed soon: Egypt Parliament speaker
parliament speaker Ali Abdel Aal - YOUM7

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Crashed Russian plane case will be closed soon: Egypt Parliament speaker

Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal said he believes the case of the Russian passenger jet that crashed over the Mediterranean last year “would be closed soon,” according to Sputnik.

“Egypt’s general prosecutor will visit Moscow in the end of July and will present results of the investigation to the Russian side. I think, the case of the crash of the plane will be closed soon, and the flights between Russia and Egypt will be resumed,” he said.

On Oct., 31, the Airbus A321, operated by the Russian airline Kogalymavia, crashed a few minutes after it took off from Sharm el-Sheikh airport killing all 224 people on board.


Sisi to participate in 27th AU summit

President Abdel Fattah al Sisi will travel to Rwanda Saturday to take part in the 27th African Union (AU) summit, to boost Egypt’s ties with African countries, a presidential statement said Friday.

The visit also aims to enhance Egypt-Africa economic and social relations and to discuss the African Union commission elections in addition to the African free trade zone agreement, according to the statement.

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


Egypt condemns Niece terrorist attack

Egypt’s Cabinet condemned the terrorist attack that took place in Niece Monday night, expressing condolences and support for the families of the victims, the French people and government, Youm7 reported.

In a Friday statement, the cabinet denounced the “obnoxious criminal act” that claimed the lives of children and innocent citizens in a manner that is contrary to Islam all human values.”

A large truck plowed through revelers gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, killing at least 84 people and sending others fleeing into the sea as it bore down for more than a mile along the Riviera city’s famed waterfront promenade, the Associated Press reported.

The attack was also condemned earlier by presidential and foreign ministry statements.


Shoukry, S. Soudan counterpart talk security development

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry met on Friday with his South Sudanese counterpart Deng Alor and Nhial Deng, Silva Kiir’s high-level envoy to the African Union Summit, Youm7 reported.

The officials met on the sidelines of the 27th African Union Summit, currently held in Kigali. They discussed latest developments in the political crisis in South Sudan and ways to solve it, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement Friday.

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.


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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  1. Christof Lehmann
    July 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Russian Kogalmaviya Flight KGL9268 crashed in the Sinai – Egypt Air Flight MS804 crashed in the Mediterranean…

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