UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 7: Egypt’s prominent judge cancels trip over tough security checks at Cairo Airport
former Vice President of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court Judge Tahany al Gebaly.


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Egypt’s prominent judge cancels trip over tough security checks at Cairo Airport

Prominent Egyptian judge Tahani al-Gebaly has canceled her scheduled trip to Beirut after she refused to undergo the new security checks that have been recently applied at Cairo International Airport, airport sources told Youm7.

The former Vice President of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court argued she is granted immunity of such tough security checks due to her “high office.”

She added that taking off shoes for the purpose of security check is a “blatant violation to the human dignity,”

The Egyptian authorities have hired international and domestic private firms to toughen security measures at several airports in a bid to resume direct flights with Russia and several European countries after they were suspended following the Russian plane that crashed over Sinai last October killing 224 passengers on board.


Egyptian, Russian agriculture ministers talk bilateral cooperation

Egypt’s Agriculture Minister Essam Fayed met with his Russian counterpart Aleksandr Tkachyov in Moscow on Friday to discuss means of enhancing bilateral cooperation, Youm7 reported.

The two officials discussed ways to increase agricultural exports and imports between the two countries, with an emphasis on removing all obstacles.

The talks come after Russia has agreed to lift a temporary ban on imports of Egyptian agricultural production after Egypt committed to take all necessary measures to guarantee the safety of the products exported to Moscow,

Russia temporarily suspended fruit and vegetable imports from Egypt from Sept. 22 after Cairo rejected a Russian wheat shipment.

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MP to be banned of attending parliament sessions over virginity tests remarks

Undersecretary of discipline committee at the parliament Ahmed Mostafa said that a meeting will be held next week to decide on the case of MP Elhamy Agina who was slammed over his virginity tests remarks.

Agina called for carrying out virginity tests before accepting female students at universities; he was referred to investigations by the parliament over his statements that triggered backlash by female MPs.

Mostafa said that Agina will face two punishments; the least of them is to be banned from attending parliament sessions for a whole round.

The MP could also face expulsion from the parliament.


Egypt’s embassy in France support Moshira Khattab’s nomination for UNESCO presidency

The Egyptian Embassy in France held a promotional ceremony to support the nomination of Egyptian Ambassador Moshira Khattab for the position of the head of UNESCO.


Initiative calls on media practitioners to donate 10% of their salaries for orphanages

Journalist and Member of Parliament Mostafa Bakry called on media practitioners to donate 10% of their salaries for orphanages.

Bakry justified his initiative as saying that orphanages are suffering financial problems, adding that he will be the first donator.


MP calls for punishments over withdrawing children from school

Member of Parliament Magda Nasr called on for punishments to be imposed on families who withdraw their children from education and force them to work.

Nasr referred to latest statistics by the Education Ministry that showed hundreds are withdrawn from different grades especially primary level, saying that is a crime committed against childhood.

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