Egypt’s politics digest July 19: Sisi attends graduation ceremony for police cadets; Shawkan named winner of International Press Freedom Award
President Abdel Fatah al Sisi. Youm7 archive.

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Sisi attends graduation ceremony for police cadets
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi attended Tuesday graduation ceremony for Police Academy cadets who performed combat trainings to show their skills in dealing with terrorist acts, Youm7 reported.

A total of 1, 534 police cadets will graduate from the Police Academy and will be honored during Tuesday ceremony, which was attended also by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail,Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi, Sheikh al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb, Pope of Alexandria Tawadros II, Presidential advisor for national projects Ibrahim Mahlab, and other public figures.

Shawkan named winner of International Press Freedom Award

Egypt’s Mahmoud Abou Zeid (widely known as Shawkan) and three other international journalists who faced imprisonment, arrest and threats for their reporting, have been named winners of the International Press Freedom Awards, AP reported Monday.

Shawkan, a freelance photojournalist, has exceeded 1,000 days in prison since he was arrested in August 2013, while he was covering the police dispersal of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in.


Sisi talks Ethiopian dam with Desalegn in Kigali

On the sideline of the African Union Summit in Kigali, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Monday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. BothsidesdiscussedEthiopian controversial Renaissance Dam, and they affirmed the need to build on the mutual trust since the “Declaration of Principles” was reached inKhartoum,said Egyptian Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef announced in a statement.

Since May 2011, Cairo has voiced its concern that the dam could reduce the country’s annual share of more than 56 billion cubic meters of Nile water. Addis Ababa, however, has claimed that the dam is necessary for its development, and will not harm downstream countries.

The $4 billion dam is being constructed on the Blue Nile with a capacity of 74 billion cubic meters, and is expected to generate up to 6,000 megawatts of power.
Parliament discusses decision of extending state of emergency in N. Sinai for 3 months

Egypt’s House of Representatives discusses Tuesday decision of extending the state of emergency in some parts of North Sinai for further three months, Youm7 reported.

On July 12, President Sisi extended the current state of emergency in parts of North Sinai for an additional three months. “The state of emergency will be implemented in

NorthSinai’s cities Arish, Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafah and the surrounding areas of Rafah’s hill and Al Ouga town east of North Sinai and from western Arish to the Al-Halal Mountain to the east,” a presidential statement read.

The decision, which was initially to be applied from April 29, will take effect after parliament approval, deputy parliamentary speaker Mahmoud al Sherif told Youm7 Thursday. The state of emergency was first imposed under Sisi in October 2014 following an attack that killed over 30 soldiers. It has since been extended four times.


26 fans of Zamalek SP detained over ‘inciting violence’
East Cairo Prosecution has ordered to detain a total of 26 fans of Zalamek Sporting Club Monday pending investigations over accusations of inciting riots outside Petro

SportStadium where a football match between the club team and South Africa’s Sundowns, as a part of the second round of the African Champions League, according to Youm7.

Three days ago, Alexandria security forces arrested 15 fans of Al-Ahly SC over accusations of inciting riots and chaos, after football game between Al-Ahly club and its Moroccan counterpart Wydad at Borg al-Arab Stadium as part of the third round of the African Champions League, Youm7 reported.

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