Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 15: Egypt condemns Nice terrorist attack
People cross the street with their hands on thier heads as a French soldier secure the area after a truck ran into a crowd celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday in Nice, France. REUTERS/Jean-Pierre Amet
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Police officer suspended, referred to investigation over allegedly assaulting MP

A police officer has been suspended and is under investigation for allegedly assaulting a parliament member, interior ministry source told Youm7 Friday.

The suspension was ordered by Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar after the police officer, whose name remains disclosed, attacked MP Zeinab Salem at Madinet Nasr police station. The lawmaker was in the police station to inquire about the reasons behind the arrest of her nephew, said the source.

The officer denied the allegations, the source added.

 

Lawyers to vote for no-confidence motion against syndicate board on Sunday

Members of Egypt’s Lawyer Syndicate are expected to head to the syndicate headquarters in Cairo Sunday to attend an “urgent” general assembly meeting to vote on a no-confidence motion in Chairman and the Council members, Youm7 reported.

The call to hold the general assembly meeting came in response to requests presented by a majority of lawyers, who have been pressing since February for the dissolution of the present council headed by Sameh Ashour.

 

45 Egyptians deported from Saudi after Umrah visa expired

A total of 45 Egyptians were deported from Saud Arabia Friday for violating the Kingdom’s labor and residency laws, Youm7 reported.

The deportees arrived at Cairo International Airport Friday after their Umrah visa exceeded the expiry date, airport source told Youm7, adding that they planned to stay in Saudi Arabia till September to perform Hajj.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly warned citizens not to overstay their visas in Saudi Arabia or return to the kingdom illegally after deportation.

 

Al-Azhar official denies religiously prohibiting ‘Pokemon Go’

Undersecretary of Al-Azhar institute Abbas Shoman denied statements circulated on his behalf suggesting that he said that the newly invented ‘Pokemon Go’ game is religiously prohibited, according to Youm7.

Shoman said that he just warned of excess use of the game as it could pre-occupy people’s time, distract them from their tasks and expose their lives to danger if they are playing it on the streets.

 

Negotiations with Russia on Egypt’s 1st nuclear power plant at final stage: source

An official source at the Ministry of Electricity told Youm7 that negotiations with the Russian side are at the last stage, ahead of signing a deal with Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom that will be in charge of implementing the project.

The source revealed that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi gave strict instructions to finish negotiations by the end of the month; the plant will be established in Dabaa city on the Mediterranean coast.

 

Minister: we will not accept int’l arbitration in Egypt’s renewable energy projects

Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker announced that he will not allow international arbitration in renewable energy projects “because they are Egyptian projects, established on Egyptian land,” in statements to Youm7.

Shaker said that the deal prepared by the Renewable Energy Authority stipulates the condition of “local arbitration” between investors, citing the reason for rejecting requests by some investors to resort to international arbitration.

He added that there are around 60 renewal energy projects that including generating electricity from wind and solar energy.

 

Politics

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 Nice terrorist attack

Egypt’s Cabinet condemned the terrorist attack that took place in Nice 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.

 

Business

EGX 30 ends a week on a 5.57% rise

Egypt’s stock exchange benchmark EGX 30 index rose by 5.57 percent this week, ending Thursday transactions at 7,583 points, Youm7 reported.

The small and mid-cap EGX70 rose by 0.61 percent to close at 360 points.

The broader index EGX100 also edged up 2.11 percent, to reach 770 points, while EGX 20 rose by 7.78 percent to close at 7,943 points.

 

Egypt revenue from taxes increase by 15% in 2015-16 FY: official

Egypt’s revenue from taxes increased by 28 billion EGP (about$3.1b) during the 2015-2016 fiscal year; a 15 percent increase compared to last fiscal year, Abdel Moneim Matar, Head of Tax Authority was quoted by Youm7 Friday.

Revenues from income taxes during the 2015-16 FY increased by 13 billion EGP compared to the earlier FY, while revenues from sales taxes increased by 14.7 billion, said Matar.

In a bid to tackle the growing budget deficit, the Egyptian government in 2014 has introduced a five percent income tax hike to raise the tax rate for individuals and corporations earning more than one million EGP annually to 30 percent for the following three years.

 

Prices of construction materials decrease in July

Prices of construction materials in Egypt have decreased this month as the price of steel ton decreased by 6.8 percent in July to reach 5,400 EGP up from 5,800 in the past month, Youm7 reported Friday.

Ahmed Abdel Hamid, chairperson of the Building Materials Chamber at the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) told Youm7 that price of cement ton decreased by 14 percent in July to reach 600 EGP up from 700 EGP in June.

 

USD exchange rate steady at 8.88 EGP Friday

The U.S. exchange rate against the Egyptian pound is steady at 8.8578 EGP for purchase, and 8.8800 for sale on Friday, while the Euro rate reached 9.8401 EGP for purchase and 9.8675 EGP for sale, Youm7 quoted official data release by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE.)

 

AFBD delegation to discuss $500 mln loan in Egypt

A delegation of the African Bank for Development (AFBD) will arrive in Cairo within few days to resume negotiations with concerned bodies in the government over providing Egypt with a loan of $500 million before the end of the year, AFBD representative in Egypt Laila el-Mokadem told Youm7.

 

Total loans at Egyptian market banks rose to 861 bln EGP: CBE

The total loans at banks operating in the Egyptian market rose to 861 billion EGP by April 2016, compared to 848 billion EGP in March 2016, with an estimated increase of 13 billion EGP, according to the latest report by the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE.)

 

Social

Women police secure female beach goers debut in Marsa Matrouh

As the summer tourism season begins in the Mediterranean city of Marsa Matrouh, women police have been deployed to secure for first time female beach goers against sexual harassment.

The women police will be also tasked with dealing with beggars and organize traffic.

 

Free early breast tumors detection in Damietta in August

Damietta University has launched fixed convoys for free early detection of breast tumors in women, according to Youm7.

The campaign will kick off August 4 and will last for one month; it will work on a daily basis starting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., except for Fridays.

It comes in collaboration between the Damietta university, the community service sector at Faculty of Medicine at Mansoura University and the National Women’s health program.

 

Locusts appeared in Toshka ‘impose no danger to plantations': official

Groups of locusts have appeared near Toshka area in South of Egypt, according to the General Director of Aswan Agricultural directorate Mohamed Gamal, who said that the appearance timing coincides with the breeding season of the locusts, in statements to Youm7.

Gamal added that the locusts impose “no dangers on the Toshka plantations,” noting that an agricultural team is expected to end these swarms within hours.

In 2013, locusts plague descended in Egypt, causing harm to crops; it also hit Israel the same year.

 

Sports

Court to decide on Hossam Hassan’s release Saturday after reconciliation settled

A reconciliation has been settled between Al-Masry Coach Hossam Hassan and a photographer whom Hassan reportedly beaten, and consequently was sent to detention.

Hassan will remain in custody at Torah Prison until the court considers the case Saturday and decide whether to release Hassan per the reconciliation documents.

 

Stock City: Ramadan Sobhy ‘important player’ to us

Stock City English Football Club has praised its newly-signed winger Ramadan Sobhy saying he is “an important player” for the club and denied any intentions for his secondment, YallaKora website quoted a source close to the player.

Stoke City have agreed a £3.5 million fee for Egypt international Ramadan Sobhi, according to ESPN website.

 

Zamalek reconsiders keeping Shikabala after good performance

Zamalek sporting club reportedly re-considers keeping Player Shikabala as part of the team after his good performance at an Egypt Cup match against Shorta Club, reported Youm7.

 

Egypt national beach handball team faces Australia, Uruguay

Egypt national beach handball team is scheduled to face its Australian and Uruguayan counterparts as part of evaluation tournaments for World Cup that is held in Hungary.

The first match will be played Friday night against Uruguay.

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