Wrap-up of Egypt’s top news July 31: Court adjourns hearing on Red Sea Island appeal case
Islands of Tiran and Sanafir
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Politics:

4 parties recommend Turkish charge d’affaires in Cairo be expelled

Four parties convened Sunday to discuss Turkey’s “interference” in Egypt’s affairs and recommended that the Turkish charge d’affaires in Egypt be expelled and boycotting Turkish products.

Court adjourns hearing on Red Sea Island appeal case

The Supreme Administrative Court on Saturday has postponed to August 13 the hearing on a government appeal against an earlier court decision on annulling an agreement to acknowledge Saudi Arabian sovereignty over the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir, Youm7 reported.

Last month, the Egyptian State Council judicial body judged that the agreement on maritime borders between Egypt and Saudi Arabia signed in April as invalid.

The Egyptian government appealed the court’s decision arguing that the State Council has no powers to issue verdicts on the case.

In mid-April, Egypt announced that the islands of Tiran and Sanafir are Saudi territories; both sides reached an agreement, per which Egypt relinquished control of the islands of Tiran and Sanafir, located at the entrance of Al-Aqaba Gulf in the Red Sea.

Local

Draft law on building new churches ‘almost’ completed: minister

A draft of Egypt’s long-awaited bill to organize the building of churches is “almost” completed, Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Magdy al-Agaty told Youm7 Sunday.

“The only remaining item of the law is related to the adjustment of the conditions of existing churches that have been built without a license,” said Agaty, adding that his ministry is currently negotiating with officials at the Coptic Church regarding the issue.

When completed, the draft bill will be sent to the cabinet for ratification, the state council then finally to the parliament for final approval, he added.

“The law has been initially agreed upon by the cabinet. It will be presented to the parliament within 10 days,” he said.

The move came after President Abdel Fatah al Sisi met with the Coptic Orthodox Church’s Pope Tawadros II at the Ettehadiya Presidential Palace on Thursday.

Article 235 of the Egyptian Constitution passed in 2014 called for reform of the issuance of building permits for churches. “The parliament should issue a law regulating the construction and renovation of churches, so as to ensure the freedom of Christians to practice their religious rites,” the article stated.

 

Mob takes low-ranking police officer hostage, after killing a resident ‘by mistake’

A mob took a low-ranking police officer as a hostage on Sunday, after reportedly killing a wanted by law resident of Mazloom village in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Dakahlia, Youm7 reported.

The incident occurred after clashes erupted between locals and three police personnel, who were arresting a resident in the village.  The low ranking police officer has shot dead, by mistake, a 36 year old resident and injured another, according to Youm7.

Security forces have reinforced their presence in the village in an attempt to free the police personnel.

Business:

Sisi discusses IPO at bourse for oil, banking sectors

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met with Investment Minister Dalia Khorshid Sunday to discuss putting companies forward for initial public offering at the stock exchange, including companies in the oil and banking sectors.

Egypt exchange to boost this week after Egyptian Pound strengthens to US dollar

The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) is expected to slightly boost this week after the Egyptian pound strengthened on the black market on Saturday to between 10.5 and 11 to the dollar, down from 13 per dollar a week ago, Youm7 reported on Sunday citing economic experts.

The drop in rate of US dollar to the Egyptian pound comes after the government announced it will finance its economic reform program through a $12bn from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation headed by Christopher Jarvis has arrived in Cairo Saturday to hold talks with Egyptian officials regarding the fund’s support to the country’s financial program, Youm7 reported.

Culture:

Chinese artists picture Egypt in their paintings

An exhibition featuring six Chinese women painters’ works was held in the Egyptian Embassy in China on Tuesday.

Ink paintings showcased works of Xie Lifang, Luo Ying, Li Daimei, Zhao Yi, Xu Qiping and Huang Huan, who got inspiration from their experience in Egypt in April where they held an exhibition of their paintings and a workshop in Cairo from April 19 to 24.

With the support of the cultural ministers of both countries, they visited Egypt in April and held an exhibition of their paintings and a workshop in Cairo from April 19 to 24.

Antiquities ministry launches int’l replica exhibit

An exhibition featuring replicas of ancient Egyptian antiquities will tour Japan by the end of 2016, the antiquities ministry announced in a statement Friday.

Under the title of “The Activities of the Egyptian Week Festival in Japan,” the 18 day-long exhibit will be held in Japan’s cities of Tokyo and Osakatake, said the statement.

“The exhibition will feature 150 replicas of King Tutankhamun collection in addition to a number of archaeological and scientific publications and books all produced by the Ministry of Antiquities,” Amr El-Tibi, Executive Director of the Archaeological Replicas Unit at the Ministry of Antiquities explained.

Sports:

Mighty Sports blasts Egypt, guns for sweep in Jones Cup

Mighty Sports Apparels lined itself up for a plausible perfect title run as it rolled past FIBA Afro five-time champion Egypt, 80-61, in the penultimate play date of the 38th William Jones Cup basketball tournament at the Xinzhuang Gymnasium here yesterday, according to philstar.

Assured of the crown before the game, the Phl Mighty quintet nonetheless buckled down to work and stretched its streak to seven games following earlier wins over Chinese Taipei A, Korea, Sacramento State, Japan, India and deposed titlist Iran.

Mighty Sports, backed by Scratch It Pera-Pera Agad-Agad! and Symarom, goes for a sweet sweep of the nine-team, one-round-robin against Chinese Taipei B at 5 p.m. today.

 

Ramadan Sobhi to join Stoke squad in Germany, says agent

The agent of Stoke City new signing Ramadan Sobhi has revealed that the Egypt international is set to be available for coach Mark Hughes in the team’s pre-season friendly against Hamburg, KingFut reported on Saturday.

Sobhi officially sealed his long awaited swoop to Stoke City earlier this week after completing a medical for the club on Friday of the preceding week.

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