UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 10: Egypt army kills 7 takfiris; cabinet to receive amendments to controversial protest law in 2 weeks; 2 journey ordered renewed detention
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Egypt army kills 7 takfiris in airstrikes south Arish

Egypt’s military aircrafts have launched airstrikes South Arish city, in North Sinai, killing at least seven takfiris who were spotted in a farm, Youm7 reported.

A security source said that the strikes are still underway, and preliminary information shows dozens of militants are injured.


Detention renewed for 2 journalists accused of attempted regime overthrow

The detention of two journalists Amr Badr and Mahmoud el-Saqqa has been extended by another 15 days pending investigations over charges of publishing false news, inciting to protest and attempted overthrow of regime.

The court has rejected an appeal by both journalists against their renewed detention.

The two journos were in an open strike when they were arrested in in May in a police raid to the headquarters of the press syndicate in Cairo over claims they are wanted by security bodies.


Amendments to 2013 Protest law to be sent to cabinet: Minister

Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Magdy el-Agaty said that the ministry has almost finalized amendments to the 2013 Protest Law, Youm7 reported.

Agaty added that the recommended amendments will be sent to the cabinet within two weeks.

Hundreds of activists have been arrested and jailed over violating the protest law that requires a prior police permit before launching a demonstration.

Since its adoption in 2013, the protest law has been largely condemned by rights groups who called for its abolishment for it curbs the right to freedom of expression that is guaranteed in the constitution.


Egypt slams UK’s Home Office report on granting brotherhood members political asylum

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has rejected the UK’s Home Office report, which offers political asylum to senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood group, Youm7 reported.

In a Tuesday statements, Egypt’s foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said that what was issued by the Home Office “is not positive for the Egyptian British relations,” as the group is currently outlawed in Egypt.

The British Home Office has recently issued a document addressing political asylum in Britain for the Egyptian MB members who are at risk of “persecution.”

The report is based on “groundless assumptions,” said Shoukry who asserted that Egypt always briefs international partners about “terrorist acts” committed by the group.


Sisi appoints Hisham Badawy as new top auditor

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Tuesday issued a presidential decree appointing counselor Hisham Badawy as head of the Central Auditing Agency for four years after his predecessor went on trial accused of making up lies about the scale of corruption, Youm7 reported.

The decree came two months after sweeping majority of the Egyptian parliament voted for Sisi’s earlier decision which has been published in the country’s official gazette on Tuesday.

Badawi’s predecessor, Hisham Geneina, was sacked by Sisi in March following claims that government corruption had cost 600 billion EGP in four years.

A fact-finding committee, appointed by Sisi to verify the claims, has said “Genina has misled the public opinion.”

Prior to his appointment as Geneina’s deputy, Badawi served as head of Cairo appeals court and was the former attorney general of the supreme state security prosecution.


Sisi issues presidential decree to restructure Supreme Council of Tourism

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi issued a presidential decree on Tuesday to restructure the Supreme Council of Tourism, Youm7 reported.

According to the new decree, Sisi will head the council’s board, which will include Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and ministers of defense, investment, planning and youth among others.


Sisi offers condolences to Sudanese counterpart over flood disaster

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Tuesday extended his condolences to his Sudanese counterpart Omar al Bashir over the victims killed in a flood that hit several regions of the country, state news agency MENA reported.

In a phone call between the two leaders, Sisi expressed “Egypt’s readiness to help the brotherly country,” presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement Tuesday.

Sudan’s Minister of Interior Ismat Abdurrahman said that at least 76 people were killed by floods in 13 states, adding about 300 houses were destroyed completely and 1,000 houses collapsed partially in Kassala, North Darfur and Al-Gazira States, Sudan Tribune reported on Monday


Sisi talks energy, investment with Cypriot FM

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi received on Tuesday visiting Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and discussed ongoing preparations for the Egyptian-Greek-Cypriot tripartite summit, which will be held in Egypt in October, Youm7 reported, citing a presidential statement.

During the meeting, the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and discussed ways to promoting projects of mutual interest and further implementing bilateral agreements on a wide spectrum of sectors, including tourism, agriculture and air transportation, according to the statement.

The meeting was held in presence of Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the Cypriot ambassador in Cairo.

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