Egypt’s political digest July 25: Assassination plot cancels Sisi’s visit to Mauritania; Pope Tawadros II says 37 attacks carried out on churches over three years
President Abdel Fatah al Sisi - YOUM7

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Assassination plot cancels Sisi’s visit to Mauritania

An assassination plot was behind the cancellation of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s visit to Mauritania for attending the Arab summit, which will take place Monday, Youm7 reported an Egyptian anonymous officials Monday. The officials added that the uncovered plot was prepared to take place in Mauritania.

After a meeting held in the Presidential Palace Sunday, President Sisi has mandated Prime Minister Sherif Ismail to chair Egypt’s delegation in Mauritania, according to Presidency’s statement

Amid maximum security measures in Nouakchott, Egypt will deliver the Arab Summit presidency to Mauritania.


Pope Tawadros II: 37 attacks carried out on churches over three years

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria stated a total of 37 attacks carried out on churches in Egypt over the past three years, per a report, conducted by the Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral and will be referred to the House of Representatives, Youm7 reported.

Pope’s remarks came during his meeting with a delegation from the parliament to discuss sectarian violence that took place in Upper Egypt.

A total of 18 people were arrested over alleged involvement in inciting sectarian violence in Beni Suef, the head of the media office at the Interior Ministry Khaled Fawzy told El-Asema TV Channel Saturday.

The incidents took place on Friday when a number of Muslims hurled stones at a house owned by a Coptic man, where he was hosting religious rituals.


U.S. Under Secretary of State for Management leaves Egypt to Tunisia

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy left Monday morning the Cairo International Airport, heading to Tunisia, Youm7 reported.

Kennedy’s visit to Cairo came in light of a tour for certain countries to check the security situations of U.S. embassies. He also discussed issues of cooperation issues with the Egyptian officials.


Parliament reviews Monday last 2 articles of Civil Service Law

The House of Representatives will discuss Monday the final two articles concerning the Civil Service Law, stipulating a new system for public servants’ salaries and incentives, Youm7 reported.

The parliament has approved 98 percent of the law articles, after amendments conducted by the government following rejection by the lawmakers in late July.


Government to amend child law to end child marriage: Health Ministry official

Health Minister Deputy for population affairs Maissa Shawki said that the ministry is preparing amendments to Child Law to put an end to the phenomena of child marriage, Youm7 reported.

She noted that the amendments came in response to a case of marriage between a 12-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl in Nile Delta’s Dakahlia governorate.

She noted that the current child law does not criminalize or ban the child marriage, but it only prevents documenting the marriage.

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