Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 21: Ex-minister got unprecedented discount for hotel residence: official probe
Minister of Supply Khalid Hanafi - YOUM7 (Archive)

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19 terrorists killed in army airstrikes in N. Sinai

The Egyptian army announced killing 19 terrorists and injuring dozens in an airstrike launched at strongholds of takfiri militants in South Sheikh Zuwayed, east and south of Arish and Rafah cities, in North Sinai.

A security source told Youm7 that the military launched air bombardment destroying hotbeds, weapons stores and cars.


Ex-minister got unprecedented discount for hotel residence: probe

Former Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafy has received unprecedented discount during his residence at Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel, judicial sources quoted illicit gain investigations.

Hanafy resigned from his position amid a wide probe into subsidized wheat corruption case; he was also slammed for staying at expensive hotel at a time the government was urging citizens to austerity amid dollar crisis.


No real prison inspection due to ‘prepared visits’: NCHR member

Member of the National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) Hafez Abu Saeda said that the lack of “surprising visits” to prisons makes them a “witness who did not witness anything,” in statements to Youm7.

Each time the NCHR pay a visit to prisons to investigate complaints of mistreatment or lack of services, it should submit a prior request to the Interior Ministry that decides the date of the visit.

Saeda explained that these visits aim to investigate complaints the NCHR receives from families of inmates or their lawyers, “and when visits are prepares by prisons’ authorities, this means there will not be investigations.”

“There are no surprise visits,” he said, adding that there are certain regulations to request such visits that we cannot violate. The NCHR is the only rights body allowed to inspect prisons in Egypt.

Independent visits to prisons by non-governmental bodies are not allowed in Egypt, as the country is not a signatory of a UN convention that stipulates such visits.


Conservative party announces training program ahead of local elections

Conservative Party in Egypt announced it will start a training program during the next week ahead of local council elections that is scheduled to take place in early 2017, Youm7 reported.

A group of specialists and consultants will lecture attendants about local administration law, elections and how to deal with the media, Ahmed Henteesh, Spokesperson for the party told Youm7.


Civil Association draft law to pass to parliament soon: MP

Member of Parliament Samy Ramadan said that the parliament will soon receive the Civil Associations draft law after it was agreed upon by the government.

MP Ramadan added that this law is important as it will put adjustments to NGOs foreign funding issue.

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