UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 12: 23 Egyptians freed in Libya arrive at Egypt’s Salloum checkpoint
Egyptian laborers freed by Libyan authorities perform prayer of thanks upon arrival at Egypt’s Sallum border crossing. Youm7


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23 Egyptians freed in Libya arrive at Egypt’s Salloum checkpoint

Twenty three Egyptian laborers freed in Libya arrived at Egypt’s Sallum border crossing on Friday morning, Marsa Matrouh governor Alaa Abu Zeid said in state T.V.

The Libyan Special Forces handed over the Egyptians at the crossing after they were kidnapped by armed groups near Libya’s town of Brega, Abu Zeid said.

Head of the parliament’s African Affairs Committee said that the Egyptian general intelligence service in coordination with Libyan General Khalifa Haftar, chief of the army loyal to the internationally recognized government “had a great role” in freeing the kidnapped Egyptians, according to Al Ahram.

State T.V. aired footages of the returnees raising the Egyptian flag. However, the group kidnapped them remain unclear.

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Army foils attack on N. Sinai checkpoint, kills 8 militants

Security forces foiled an attack that was set to target a security checkpoint in North Sinai on Friday and killed eight suspected militants, Youm7 reported.

Two conscripts and a civilian, who happened to be in the attack scene, were injured, security source said, adding that they were all transported to a nearby hospital.

The forces have cordoned the area in search for other 15 fugitives, according to the source.

Egyptian security forces in Sinai have been fighting Islamist insurgency following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.


Pan Africa Parliament delegation visits Sharm al Sheikh ahead of October session

A delegation of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) is currently visiting Egypt ahead of the PPA October session scheduled to be held in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm al Sheikh, Youm7 reported.

MP Mostafa al Gendy said the delegation is set to visit Sharm al Sheikh to review the Egyptian government’s preparation for the meeting.

President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) Roger Nkodo Dang will visit Egypt next month to discuss preparations for the meetings, he said.

Dang said that during the October session, the PAP will celebrate the 150 anniversary of the establishment of the Egyptian parliament, according to Youm7.

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.


IMF loan to increase credibility of Egypt’s economy: parliamentary committee

MP Mohamed Abdel Hamid, the undersecretary of economic affairs sub-committee at the parliament, said that the IMF loan will increase credibility of the Egyptian economy, and reinforces the investors’ impression that the Egyptian economy is capable of recovering and growing.


Conflicted official reports on inflation rate “unacceptable”: MP

Member of Parliament Silvia Nabil criticized conflicted reports by two official bodies on the size of the inflation in Egypt, saying “this is unacceptable,” she told Youm7.

Citizens have noticed a remarkable increase in prices over the last period, especially during the past three months, which requires putting an economical plan that increases production rates and enables state to increase exports, added Nabil.

The Central Bank of Egypt has issued a statement saying that the inflation rate has decreased by 12.31 percent in July, while the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) stated that the rate has increased by 14.8 percent.


Churches construction law on parliament’s radar: MP

MP Suzy Nashid said that the law organizing the construction of churches is on the top of priorities of the legislative committee, adding that he committee is currently discussing a law about illegal immigration.


Parliament discusses applying health insurance to all Egyptians

The health affairs committee at the parliament is discussing a recommendation to apply comprehensive health insurance system to all Egyptians, including medium and low income citizens.

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