UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 13: Prominent activist Mahinour, journalist released; 130 referred to military trial for joining ISIS; parliament agrees reduced working hours for disabled people
Mahinour El-Masry - Photo courtesy of elwadynews.com

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Mahinour, journalist released after serving jail term

Prominent activist Mahinour el-Masry and Journalist Youssef Shaaban were released after serving their jail term; one year and 3 months over charges of storming El-Raml Police station in Alexandria.

Both El-Masry and Shaaban also faced charges of assaulting police personnel along with other activists.

After her release, the prominent activist Al-Masry said “we will not give up defending the right of our colleagues and full rights of citizens.”



More than 130 referred to military trials over joining ISIS

State security prosecution has ordered to refer more than 130 defendants to military judiciary over charges of joining the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.


Among charges drawn against the defendants are: planning for terrorist attacks and targeting judges and security forces.




Parliament agrees to 1 working hour/day for disabled


A parliamentary committee concerned with social solidarity affairs agreed Saturday to reduce working hours of people with disabilities to one hour per day.


The committee is currently discussing a draft law of disability affairs. It also approved to halve the metro ticket fees for disabled people.


Egypt abstains from vote for expanding UN peacekeeping mission in S.Sudan

Egypt has abstained from voting for authorizing a 4,000-strong regional protection force within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) during U.N. Security Council session Friday, according to a statement from the UN Security Council official website.

The new resolution that aimed to expand the UN mission until on December 15, 2016 has received three other abstentions from Russia, China, and Venezuela. However, the resolution was approved after 11 countries voted in favor.

Egypt’s abstention came in light of its reservations over ‘encroachment” on the governing rules of UN peacekeeping missions, Youm7 reported, noting that the Security Council has approved to deploy a number of UN police forces in Burundi without the approval from the Burundi government.


Yemen PM arrives in Egypt Sunday for regional, bilateral issues

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr and a high-profiled delegation will arrive in Egypt Sunday to discuss ways of enhancing the bilateral relations and the latest developments in his country, youm7 reported Saturday.

Daghr will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to convoy him a message from Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi.


Parliamentarian aks NGOs to increase public awareness over risks in Libya 

Parliament member in the African Affairs Committee, Mona Rezk, has called on civil society organizations to increase awareness among the people over the risks they could face in Libya, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Her call came following the release of 23 Egyptian laborers freed in Libya. The Libyan Special Forces handed over the Egyptians at the crossing after they were kidnapped by armed groups near Libya’s town of Brega.


Cairo Court resumes trial of 4 people accused of linking to Daesh

A Cairo Criminal Court will hold Saturday the fourth hearing session of a trial against four people accused of “joining a terrorist group” in Helwan city, Southern Cairo, Youm7 reported.

The defendants face charges of linking to the militant Islamic State group (Daesh) and attacking security and police forces.


Parliament to discuss IMF loan in few days

The Economic Committee of the House of Representatives will hold a meeting in the coming few days to discuss the $21 billion loan, on which Egypt negotiates the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Youm7 reported Saturday.

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