Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 6: Sisi attends celebration marking 1st anniversary of new Suez Canal
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Sisi attends celebration marking 1st anniversary of new Suez Canal

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi arrived in Ismailia governorate on Saturday to attend the celebration marking the 1st anniversary of the New Suez Canal inauguration, Youm7 reported.

The president is scheduled to address the nation regarding the progress achieved in the Suez Canal Corridor project. The Gamal Abdel Nasser aircraft carrier will participate in the celebration along with

During the visit, Sisi had inspected work at the Ismailia twin tube road that will cross the new Suez Canal north of the city of Ismailia. The 4.7 kilometer long tunnel is part of a larger development project in the Suez Canal corridor.

The president also is scheduled to inspect a concrete factory and the first phase of the New Ismailia city which includes around 12,000 housing units.

The $8 billion New Suez Canal project was completed in just one year instead of three on Sisi’s orders. Its inauguration project last year was attended by several world leaders including Francois Hollande and King Abdullah of Jordan.


Lawmaker calls for raising security for public figures after failed assassination attempt of Ex-Mufti

An Egyptian lawmaker has called for “tightening security procedures” to protect public figures and state institutions as a preemptive measure against possible attack by militants, Youm7 reported Saturday.

The remarks, made by lawmaker Hamdy Bakhit, who is also a member of the Committee of Defense and National Security, come after an assassination attempt of Egypt’s former Mufti has failed on Friday.

Militancy is expected to rise in the coming period after the armed forces succeeded to kill Abu Doaa; a senior Islamic State leader, he said


3 civilian killed, 8 injured in fresh bomb attack in restive Sinai

Three civilians were killed and eight others injured in a blast in North Sinai’s town of Arish on Friday, medical source at Arish hospital told Youm7.

The incident took place after an improvised explosive device detonated on the route of an armored vehicle injuring 4 conscripts, four civilians and killing other three civilians who happened to be at the explosion scene, said the source.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.


Los Angeles Coptic Church delegation visits Islamic center to offer condolences over Zewail’s death

A delegation from the St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Los Angeles had visited the Islamic Center in Los Angeles on Friday to offer condolences on the death of Nobel Prize winner Ahmed Zewail, Youm7 reported.

The Church delegation was headed by Anba Abraham. Zweail, 70, died in the US on Tuesday and his body is scheduled to arrive in Cairo for burial on Saturday.


Egypt to host Pan-African Parliament meeting in October

President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Roger Nkodo Dang will visit Egypt next month to discuss preparations for the PAP meetings, scheduled to be held in the Red Sea resort of Sharm al Sheikh in October, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Dang said that during the October session, the PAP will celebrate the 150 anniversary of the establishment of the Egyptian parliament.

In May, an Egyptian parliamentary delegation has traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to attend the Pan-African Parliament meeting. The visit came after three year absence following the suspension of Egypt’s membership in 2013 in the wake of the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi following a mass protest against his rule.

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