UPDATE – Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 4: Parliament passes Civil Servant Law
Parliamentary voting session, Jan.18, 2016- YOUM7

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Parliament passes Civil Servant Law

Parliament has finally approved the Civil Servant Law after a voting session Tuesday, Youm7 reported.

A total of 401 voted in favor of the law, 26 voted against and six abstained to vote.

The parliament started on Tuesday its second convening period, during which a number of important laws will be discussed, including the illegal immigration act.

 

Parliament to investigate MP who called for virginity tests

The parliament speaker Ali Abdel al-Aaal announced Tuesday that Member Elhamy Agina will be investigated over his calls for virginity tests at universities.

The speaker said that Agina will be referred to the disciplinary committee at the parliament over his controversial remarks.

Agina has been under water since the last week after he called on carrying out virginity tests before accepting female students at universities.

At least two reports were filed against him before top prosecutor, one of them by the President of Cairo University Gaber Nassar.

 

Egyptm Switzerland sign deal on solid waste management

Egypt’s Environment Ministry and Embassy of Switzerland in Cairo have signed an agreement to develop solid waste management system.

The agreement, worth 66.5 Euro, was signed by the Egyptian Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy and Swiss Ambassador in Cairo Marco Leitner.

The program will be applied to four governorates: Qena, Asyut, Kafr el-Sheikh and Gharbiya.

It includes providing technical support, as well as building related- infrastructures in the governorates. in the governorates.

 

“No comment” on Erdogan’s statement: Egypt foreign ministry spox

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry refused to comment on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements where he said that normalization of the bilateral relations between Turkey and Egypt depends on the release of the former President Mohamed Morsi and his supporters.

In Monday statement, the Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said that “Egypt will not comment on such statements that the Turkish president does not get tired of.”

“Such statements contradict with Turkey’s alleged intention to restore relations with Egypt,” said Abu Zeid.

In Sunday interview aired on Rotana Khaligia TV channel, Erdogan said that “the current Egyptian government came as a result of a military coup which happened against legitimacy in Egypt.”

Relations between Turkey and Egypt have been strained since the 2013 ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi following a mass prtotest against his rule.

 

Parliament 2nd legislative session kicks off

The second legislative session of the Egyptian parliament is set to begin on Tuesday after a month of recess, Youm7 reported Tuesday.

The civil service draft bill and another bill governing media and press are key topics expected to be debated during the second session.

During the first session, which has concluded Sep. 4, the parliament passed several laws including the church building law.

On Sunday, the parliament will celebrate its 150th anniversary.

 

Sisi lays wreath of flowers on Unknown Soldier memorial marking 43rd anniversary of 6 October war victory

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Tuesday laid a wreath of flower on the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier in Cairo’s district of Madinet Nasr on the occasion of celebrations marking the 43rd anniversary of 6 October War victory.

Sisi also laid a wreath of flowers on the tomb of late Presidents Anwar El-Sadat and Gamal Abdel Nasser.

On this occasion, the President also headed a meeting for the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

 

Sudan FM in Cairo to co-chair joint committee meetings

Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim al Ghandour arrived in Cairo on Tuesday early morning to take part in the Joint Higher Egyptian-Sudanese Committee meetings, which kicked off Sunday, Youm7 reported.

Ghandour, along with the accompanying ministerial delegation were received by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

The two officials are scheduled to will co-chair the ministerial meetings of the committee in Cairo on Tuesday.

High officials of the two countries met on Oct. 2-3, while the presidents of the two countries will conclude the committee meetings on Oct. 5, said Spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid.

The committee is scheduled to review bilateral cooperation in various sectors, including political, security, consular, military, finance, trade, transport, education, agriculture, and cultural sectors.

During the previous meetings, the committee was held at the prime ministerial level.

 

Sisi to deliver speech on Egypt parliament 150th anniversary

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi will address the nation Oct. 9 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Egypt’s parliamentary life, head of the parliament’s media committee Osama Hekal said in a press conference Monday.

Parliament speakers from over 16 countries, Prime Minister Sherif Ismaiel, 596 MPs along with an array of Egyptian, Arab and foreign figures will be present during the celebration, which will take place at the parliament headquarters in downtown Cairo, said Hekal.

The presidential speech will be followed by a short documentary on the parliament, he added.

Egypt’s parliamentary life began in 1866 under the name of the Council of Consultative Deputies (Maglis Shura Al-Nuwab.)

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