Egypt’s politics digest Aug. 14: Adultery punishment stirs dispute at parliament; possible amendment to ‘insulting religion’ penalty
Parliamentary voting session, Jan.18, 2016- YOUM7

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Adultery punishment stirs dispute at parliament

The adultery punishment articles at the penal code were placed on discussions table at the parliament, causing a dispute among members, where some called for amendments due to “discrimination between men and women in penalty,” while others saw women should get “harsher” punishment.

Members who went with amending the articles said that the constitution guarantees “equality” between genders in all political and civil rights; however, women who are accused of adultery are punished by prison for a period of not more than 2 years, while men get a period of not more than 6 months.

MP Margret Azer said “there should not be discrimination in punishment between men and women, and this is a violation to the constitution.” Azer proposed to handle amending the article and then submit it before the parliament for discussions.

On the other hand, Elizabeth Abdel Maseeh said “when women commit adultery causes genealogical problems, that’s why the punishment on women should be harsher if the crime proven.”


MP praises Sisi’s housing projects, says ‘will solve youth crisis’

Member of Parliament Mamdouh Ali praised new housing projects that President Sisi announced in his speech, saying that they “will largely solve youth’s crisis.”


Parliament studies amendments to ‘insulting religion’ article in penal code

Member of Parliament Ehab el-Tamawy said that the legislative committee is working in full swing to amend some articles at the Penal code, and is studying the removal of a part of the article concerned with “insulting religion.”


Parliament to finalize report on VAT act Tuesday: MP

Planning and balancing sub-committees at the parliament will finalize a report on the value-added taxes act by Tuesday, Youm7 reported.


Parliament to send delegation to Alexandria for ‘garbage crisis’

A parliamentary delegation is set to visit Alexandria to stand on the developments of the accumulated garbage problem, Youm7 reported.

The Environment Ministry has announced lifting 15,000 tons of waste at joint stations in Alexandria.

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