UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 13:NCW head calls for probe into MP’s “shameful” remarks on women
Secretary-General of Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) Ambassador Mona Omar


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NCW head calls for probe into MP’s “shameful” remarks on women

Secretary-General of Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) Ambassador Mona Omar called on the House of Representatives to take a serious decision against MP Elhamy Agena who suggested “Only women are to be blamed for Egypt’s adultery problems,” Youm7 reported.

Agena’s remarks are “shameful, negatively impacts the status of men and discredit their mental ability,” said Omar who called for referral of Agena to the the parliament’s ethics committee.

Agena’s remarks came after member of the parliament’s human rights committee MP Margaret Azer announced she plans to submit a draft bill to amend provisions and penalties stated at the “unfair” Egyptian adultery law, under which a man is only considered to have committed adultery if he has sex with a woman within the home he shares with his wife.

According to the Egyptian penal code, a woman is considered to have committed adultery whether or not she is at home.


Russia may ban Egyptian citrus amid wheat dispute

(Reuters) – Russia threatened to ban Egyptian citrus imports on Tuesday, a move that could escalate a trade dispute over exports of Russian wheat to the world’s largest importer of the grain.

Moscow said this week it hopes to hold talks with Egypt, its top buyer, over Cairo’s failure to approve Russian wheat shipments since tightening its regulations on ergot, a common grains fungus, in late August.

Several cargoes suspected of containing trace levels of the fungus have since been held at Russian ports, awaiting a decision from Cairo over whether to allow them to pass under the old rule, traders said.

Zero tolerance on ergot could halt Russian wheat exports to Egypt at a time when the country has its largest wheat crop in post-Soviet history.


Egypt’s FM, UN envoy to Syria discuss conditions of ceasefire agreement

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura discussed through the telephone the developments of Syria’s ceasefire agreement recently reached between the US and Russia, Youm7 reported.

Shoukry asserted the need to work hard to resume the political negotiations at the earliest opportunity, and ensuring an equal participation of all Syrian parties, foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid was quoted by Youm7.

During the phone call, Mistura has briefed Shoukry on the conditions of a ceasefire.


Sisi head to New York next week to participate in UNGA meetings

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will head to New York next week to participate in the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Youm7 reported.

A 12-member presidential delegation left Tuesday the Cairo International Airport to prepare for the scheduled visit.


Parliament studies law considers dwarfs as people with special needs

The House of Representatives will study a proposal to join the dwarfs to the bracket of the people with special needs as away to avoid marginalizing them, Youm7 reported Parliament’s Social Solidarity Committee member Hassan Abu el-Wafa Monday evening.

He added that the new law of people with special needs gives many advantages, including health insurance and exemption from the recently passed Value-Added Value Tax law.


MP finalizes draft law to amend punishment of adultery in Egypt’s Penal Code

Parliamentarian Margaret Azer, a member of the Human Rights Committee of Parliament, said that she will finalize a new draft law to amend the punishment of adultery in Egypt’s Penal Code, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

She added that adultery punishment is tougher on women than men, although women and men should be equal to the crime.


Prosecution submits court 52 CDs of evidence in trial against 738 defendants

Egyptian General Prosecution has submitted a total of 52 CDs includes evidences in the ongoing trial in which a total of 738 people are accused of killing and inciting violence during the dispersal of Rabaa sit-in, which took place on Aug. 14, 2013, more than a month after the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, said some defendants’ lawyer Ali Ismail Tuesday.


Cabinet initially approves law regulates sanitation and drinking water system

Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Mustafa Madbouly announced Tuesday that cabinet has, in principle, approved a draft law regulating the sanitation and drinking water sector, Youm7 reported. The law was drafted by the ministry.

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