Update Egypt Politics digest July 20:Sisi attends graduation cermongy for Air Academy cadets; Court of Cassation annuls parliamentarian membership of two lawmakers
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Sisi attends graduation cermongy for Air Academy cadets
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi attended Wednesday grduation cermony for Air Force Academy cadets, who include students from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, according to a presidential statement.

Parlaiment passes draft law increases state’s minimum pension by 10%

Egypt’s House of Representatives passed Wednesday a draft law, per which the minimum state pension will be increased by 10 percent, Youm7 reported.  The decision will come into force by July 2016.
The Manpower Committee at Egypt’s House of Representatives held on Wednesday a meeting with representatives from the Finance Ministry.

Finance Minister Amr el Garhy has announced earlier that pensions for the fiscal year 2016/2017 amounted to around 170 billion EGP (about$19 billion.) He added that this year’s 10 per cent raise will amount to around extra 15 billion EGP.

Egypt’s Court of Cassation annuls parliamentarian membership of two lawmakers
The Egyptian Court of Cassation stated Wednesday parliamentarian membership of lawmaker Ahmed Mortada Mandour, son of Zamalek’s controversial president Mortada Mansour, is void, Youm7 reported. The court announed that his rival during the 2015 parliament elections, Amr al-Shobky, will occupy Mansour’s seat for Al-Agoza distrct in the parliament.

18 fans of Al-Ahly released on bail
Eighteen out of 79 fans of Al-Ahly Sporting Club were released Wednesday pending investigations over accusations of “inciting violence” during a football match between the club team and Moroccan Wydad team in the African Champoins League.
The released fans were fined 5,000 EGP for each. According to initial investigations, the fans have “assualted members of security forces.”

Sisi meets Leader of Bohra

(Press Release)- President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met on Tuesday with the leader of the Dawoodi Bohra sect, Muffadal Saifuddin.
The President lauded the sect’s efforts to restore ancient mosques in Egypt. The Bohra leader lauded the progress that Egypt has made to restore security and stability in the past two years. He also commended the freedom of worship and religious practice that Egypt allows for all.
He also expressed interest to invest in Egypt, wishing Egypt progress in the implementation of mega economic national projects, and noted development in infrastructure, electricity services and road construction. He also outlined the Bohra’s efforts to restore ancient mosques in Egypt, including of Al-Hakim bi Amrillah Mosque, Al-Aqmar Mosque, Al-Juyushi Mosque and Al-Lulua Mosque. This is in addition to the Bohra efforts in  maintaining the mosques of Ahl al-Bayt (Family of the Prophet) and charity activities, like building schools. The Bohra leader also touched on the sect’s efforts to develop slum areas in India.
Bohra leader Saifuddin made a 10 million Egyptian pound contribution to the “Tahya Misr” fund.

Egypt officially nominates Moushira Khattab for UNESCO Director-General

Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail on Tuesday has officially announced the nomination of Ambassador Moushira Khattab for the post of director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO,) Youm7 reported.

The nomination was made during “the cultural dialogue Egypt, UNESCO and International Cultural Issues,” held at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Khattab has already initiated an overseas tour among the 58 Member States of the Executive Council of UNESCO in a bid to gain their support during the elections, sources told Youm7.

Egypt’s FM heads for Washington to take part in anti-ISIS coalition conference

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry flew to Washington DC on Wednesday to participate in the ministerial meeting of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) militant group, Youm7 reported citing a statement by the Egyptian foreign ministry.

Foreign ministers of the coalition 34 member states alongside defense ministers of countries participating in military operations carried out in Iraq and Syria will participate in the meetings to discuss counter terrorism progress, and ways to accelerate the termination of the militant group, foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in an official statement.

Supreme press council convenes to discuss media law

The Supreme Press Council is scheduled to convene on Wednesday to discuss amendments to the final draft of the unified press and media law before sending it to the legislative department of the State Council, Al Ahram reported.

Wednesday meeting is the second this month. The draft law mainly aims to abolish the imprisonment of journalists in all publication-related cases in addition to choosing board members of public institutions through elections rather than appointing.

In June, the parliament’s Culture and Media Committee has approved an amendment to the law, which will permit President Abdel Fatah al Sisi to form the next Supreme Press Council.

Arab League summit preparatory meetings kicks off

The preparatory meetings for the 27th Arab Summit scheduled to be held in Nouakchott July 25-26 will start Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

Egypt will chair this year’s summit dubbed the “Summit of Hope” which will focus on how to enhance the role of the Arab League in Arab, regional and international arenas as well as ways to support the joint Arab action at the political, economic and social levels, according to a statement from the Egyptian Presidential office.

In February, the Arab League announced that Mauritania will host the African Summit due to be held July 25-26 after Morocco announced its withdrawal to host the summit. In February Reuters reported that the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said in statement that the summit would be like an ordinary occasion “to pronounce speeches that give a false impression of unity.”

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