Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 5: Army says Sinai Province leader killed in air strikes; MPs urge delay of VAT law, surveillance cameras installation at classrooms
Egyptian army in Sinai

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Army kills Sinai Province leader: Spox

Military Spokesperson Mohamed Samir announced on his Facebook page that “Abu Dua’a el-Ansary” the leader of Ansar Bayt el-Maqdis militant group in Sinai, or self-proclaimed “Sinai Province,” has been killed in “precise” air strikes launched by the army against the group’s strongholds.

The Spokesperson said that the operation was guided by “accurate intelligence” in cooperation anti-terrorism forces and air forces, and that it took place in areas in south and south west Arish city, North Sinai.

He also added that the operation resulted in the killing of a number of Abu Dua’a el-Ansary’s assistants, and more than 45 terrorist elements, dozens injured, and the destruction of arms and ammunition stores.

In his post, the spokesperson said that such “successful operation” is considered a “promise” from armed forces to “avenge martyrs and determination to track down and prosecute all terrorist elements and their leaders wherever they are so that Egypt and its people are blessed with security and stability.”


MP urges postponement of imposing VAT act amid price hike

Member of Parliament Ehab el-Kholy urged to delay the adopting of the value added taxes (VAT) saying “citizens will reject to pay any extra tax due to the rising prices,” as quoted by Youm7.


MP El-Kholy also suggested that the state can lift the subsidy off high-income earners, and only apply it on peasants and holders of supply cards, without the need to impose VAT law.


Egypt, Jordan talk bilateral cooperation in transport, tourism

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail received Thursday Jordanian ministers of transport, aviation and tourism and the Egyptian Ambassador to Amman.

The meeting tackled ways to boost bilateral cooperation in different sectors, taking advantage of strong ties and geographical proximity between both countries.


MP  proposes installing surveillance cameras inside classrooms

Member of Parliament Eman Khedr has submitted a proposal to install surveillance cameras inside classrooms at schools to reveal irregularities and hold accountability those responsible for them, as quoted by Youm7.

Khedr also said that after-school classes should resume across the country, adding that the educational system in Egypt needs restructuring and development.


MP Amr el-Shobaky to join educational sub-committee after parliament oath

Independent MP Amr el-Shobaky said he is expected to sworn in the next week, after a court ruling annulled a rival candidate’s membership.

El-Shobaky said that he is planning to join the education and scientific research sub-committee at the parliament, adding that he has a project to develop Egypt’s educational system.

He explained that the developmental projects in the education sector should gain “top priority over any other projects,” adding that the educational system in Egypt “needs a surgery.”

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