Update Egypt Politics digest Aug.14: Al-Azhar hosts 1st Forum of Muslim- Christian Youth on Aug. 18-22; Security forces on alert in 3rd anniversary of dispersal of Rabaa & Nahda sit-ins
A supporter of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi holds up a poster of him, with fellow supporters outside the Egyptian High Court in Cairo November 4, 2013. Mursi struck a defiant tone on the first day of his trial on Monday, chanting 'Down with military rule', and calling himself the country's only 'legitimate' president. Mursi, an Islamist who was toppled by the army in July after mass protests against him, appeared angry and interrupted the session repeatedly, prompting a judge to adjourn the case. The "Rabaa" or "four" gesture seen on signs are in reference to the police clearing of Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp on August 14. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)

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Al-Azhar hosts 1st Forum of Muslim- Christian Youth on Aug. 18-22

Al-Azhar, Sunni Islamic institute, will host first forum of Muslim- Christian Youth, in cooperation with the World Council of Churches, on August 18-22. The forum will be participated by 40 Muslim and Christian youths from 14 countries, Youm7 reported a statement from al-Azhar Sheikhdom Sunday.

The forum will focus on renewal of religious discourse to combat the hardliners domestically and globally.

Egypt foils attempt of smuggling ‘forged’ Egyptian maps

Security forces in Suez Canal have foiled an attempt of smuggling a group of fraud maps of Egypt as the maps include that disputed areas of Halaib and Shalateen triangle locate in Sudan not in Egyptian territories, Youm7 reported.

Egypt and Sudan have been locked in a border dispute over the area since Sudanese independence in 1956. Sudan claims the area, but it is under Egyptian administration, with 10,000 residents voting in the Egyptian presidential elections.

The Halaib Triangle, is a 20 km sq enclave on the Red Sea coast occupied by tribes from both Egypt and Sudan who have traditionally lived there before the demarcation of the borders.


Sisi follows up situation of Egyptian water seurity

Head of the Irrigation Authority Emad Mikhail has received a phone call from President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to follow up the situation of Egyptian water security, Youm7 reported Sunday.

President Sisi has been updated on the preparations for the Nile flood, Mikhail said.


Security forces on alert in 3rd anniversary of dispersal of Rabaa & Nahda sit-ins

Security forces are on high alert Sunday in anticipation of possible “terrorist attacks” or protests in the third anniversary of dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins by security forces, leaving hundreds of protests were killed on August 14, 2013.

The protesters had staged the sit-ins until reinstatement of former President Mohamed Morsi who was outsed by the military on July 3 following million-man protests called for the end of his regime on June 30, 2013.


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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