Egypt’s politics digest on Aug. 31: Parliament discusses harshening FGM penalty Wednesday; Court rules in lawsuit calling to ban Facebook, Twitter
Artwork From An Amnesty International Campaign To End FGM - Courtesy Of Layalk Via Flickr

CAIRO: No more browse from site to another, here is Egypt’s politics digest on Aug. 31: 


Parliament discusses harshening FGM penalty Wednesday

Parliament is set to discuss Wednesday a draft law passed by the cabinet to amend FGM punishment to be harsher, Youm7 reported.

The draft law article toughens the penalty imposed on those involved in committing the FGM crime to be 5-7 years in prison.

The old law rules that the punishment is between 2 months to 2 years, or a fine of 1000-5000 EGP.


Court to rule in lawsuit calling to shut down Facebook, Twitter

The Administrative Judicial Court will issue a ruling regarding a lawsuit demanding authorities to shut down Facebook and Twitter on grounds “they are used in inciting violence acts.”

The lawsuit claims that foreign intelligence bodies have used the social media websites since January 25 Revolution to incite protests and violence in Egypt. It also says that these websites are operating without licenses or official surveillance.

In 2015, the same court rejected a call to ban Facebook.


2 militants killed in pre-emptive strikes in N. Sinai

Security forces killed two militants in North Sinai during special operations targeting armed groups in Rafah city, Youm7 reported.

The operations are part of pre-emptive strikes launched by forces in the peninsula.

Meanwhile, forces thwarted an attempted attack at a checkpoint in Rafah and another in Sheikh Zuwayed.

Hundreds of soldiers and policemen were killed in several attacks at security facilities and car bombs in North Sinai. On the other hand, officials regularly announce killing scores of militants in strikes and military operations.

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