UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Sept. 24: Sisi seeks social media help in war against terrorism
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - Photo courtesy of presidential office


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Sisi seeks social media help in war against terrorism 

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi has called on world leaders skeptical about security situation in Egypt to send experts to inspect security measures applied on the country’s airports.

The remarks come during an interview with Erin Burnett of CNN on Tuesday, during which Sisi highlighted efforts made by the Egyptian government to secure airports in a bid to revive the tourism sector that has been hit badly following the Russian plane crashed over the Mediterranean last October.

During the interview, which was aired on Saturday, Sisi called on social media companies to exert more efforts in the global war against terrorism and extremest ideologies.

He added that counter-terror new elements have been introduced in the US aid military aid to Egypt, referring to military committees to determine Egypt’s requirements of arms in its war against terrorism.


Egypt interior ministry says it foiled plot to “jeopardize economy”

The Interior Ministry announced it has Saturday it has arrested 17 Muslim Brotherhood members and foiled an attempt to “jeopardize the Egyptian economy.”

In a statement published on Saturday, the ministry said that “the cell was planning to use recent economic decisions by the government to cast doubt on the abilities of the national economy and instigate citizens to stand against the economic development process,” according to Al Ahram.

The arrest came after security forces have raided ”the terrorist cell hideout” in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Qalioubia. They were arrested in possession of arms, $70,000 and 105,975 EGP, the statement said.


7 sentenced to death over killing senior police officers

North Cairo Criminal Court on Saturday sentenced seven people to death over charges of killing a senior police officer in a firefight in Cairo in 2013, Youm7 reported.

The court sentenced other five defendants to five years in prison in the same case.

The defendants were accused of storming a Kerdasa police station, killing Giza assistant security chief Major General Nabil Farag and wounding nine other policemen in violence incidents erupted following the dispersal of the Muslim Brotherhood sit-in in 2013.

The police station was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and then torched.


Egypt’s FM participates in African FMs meeting at UN

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry is set to participate in a coordinating meeting of foreign ministers of African states members in the UN Security Council.

The countries participating in the meeting are: Senegal, Angola and Egypt, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York City.

Ahly Ultras face charges of storming club headquarters

Cairo Abdeen Court will begin investigations Saturday into charges drawn against a number of members of Ahly Ultras accusing them of storming the headquarters of the Ahly SC and inciting riots.


Illegal Immigration law punishes agents not migrants: MP

The head of the Parliamentary bloc of Wafd Party said that the Illegal Immigration draft Law is under study and imposes punishments to all those involved in the illegal practice.

He said that the groups or agents who are facilitating the practice are the ones who will be punished not the unregistered migrants.


Ministry choses “bad timing” for road maintenance: MP

Member of Parliament Sameh el-Sayeh said that maintenance works at roads and bridges should be carried out at mid-night to prevent traffic jams in the morning.

Parliamentarians criticized “bad timing” chosen by transport ministry officials for conducting restoration works at bridges, leading to partial closure of vital roads.

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