UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 5: Foreign ministry follows case of Egyptian kidnapped, assaulted in Jordan
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Foreign ministry follows case of Egyptian kidnapped, assaulted in Jordan

The Foreign Ministry is currently following up developments regarding the kidnapping of and assault on an Egyptian citizen in Jordan.

In a Friday statement released on Friday the ministry said that it coordinates with the Egyptian embassy in Jordan to reveal the circumstances behind the abduction of and the assault on an Egyptian national by four Jordanians and that the two bodies are currently “exerting all necessary efforts” to discern the safety of the citizen.

Ibrahim Darweesh was reportedly assaulted following a fight with the four Jordanians. Darweesh, who suffered multiple fractures, was escorted to the hospital for treatment, according to the statement.


Egypt’s clergyman says not frightened by failed assassination attempt

Egypt’s former Mufti Ali Gomaa said that the failed assassination attempt “would not discourage me from doing and saying what’s right,” according to Youm7.

The remarks came after two gunmen on a motorbike opened fire at Gomaa as he entered the mosque in the 6 October City to deliver the sermon of the Friday prayer. The cleric is an outspoken critic of extremist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood group.

“If Ali Gomaa dies, there are millions who will take his place,” Gomaa, who insisted to deliver the sermon after the failed assassination attempt, told state television.

The perpetrators have fled the scene after his security guards exchanged fire with them, an official source with the Interior Ministry said. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Security forces cordoned the area and checkpoints have been set up in the vicinity of Gomaa’s house and the mosque in search for the assailants.

The attack was condemned by several government institutions including the Awqaf ministry, the parliament, Dar al Iftaa and Al Azhar.

“We all sacrifice our lives to protect our religion against extremists’ attempts to distort its peaceful teachings,” Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa said in a statement.


Ethiopian Parliament Speaker says talks on Renaissance Dam on right track

Ethiopian Parliament Speaker Abadula Gemeda said on Friday that negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) are “ongoing on right track,” state news agency MENA reported.

In a statement on Friday, Gemeda said that his country, Sudan and Egypt are abided by the trilateral “declaration of principles” agreement signed on the Ethiopian dam.

In May, Youm7 quoted Ethiopia’s communication minister saying his government had completed almost 70 per cent of the construction works of the dam, which “has become a reality.”

In December 2015, President El-Sisi addressed the public, saying that there is no reason to worry about the dam and that the matter would be resolved.


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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