Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 25: Egypt, Russia conclude joint military exercises
Egypt-Russia joint military exercise in El-Alamein city. Youm7

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Egypt, Russia conclude joint military exercises

Egyptian and Russian paratroopers concluded Tuesday a joint military exercise began this month, Youm7 reported.

The exercises between both units took place in the northwestern region of El-Alamein. The training aims to strengthen military partnership and cooperation between both countries, and to support efforts of security and stability in the region.


Russian Minister praises security measures at Cairo Airport new hall

Russian Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov praised security measures at the new hall at the Cairo Airport, saying it meets all international security standards, in statements to Russia 24 TV Channel.


Egypt condemns Quetta terrorist attack

Egypt has condemned a terrorist attack Tuesday at a police academy in Quetta city in Pakistan, leaving around 60 deaths among academy students, according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement said that Egypt offers condolences to families of the victims.


gyptian military’s role in economy likely to be reduced after 2-3 years – PM

The role of Egypt’s military in the economy is likely to decrease in two to three years, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said in a television interview with CBC.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former military general, has promised to revive the economy after assuming office in 2014 and has called in the army to help keep a lid on prices.

Over the past year, army vans have begun roaming the country selling cheap groceries and military outlets have popped up.

“I imagine it will be two to three years,” said Ismail when asked when the military’s role may decrease.


Court to examine Morsi’s appeal against life sentence

Egypt’s Court of Cassation on Tuesday will begin examining an appeal presented by former president Mohamed Morsi against life imprisonment they had been handed on charges of espionage and collaboration with foreign organizations to plan attacks in Egypt, Youm7 reported.

In May, Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Morsi and other 15 Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including the group’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, to life on charges of aiding a terrorist campaign involving Hamas and the militant Lebanese Hezbollah movement, to commit terrorist attacks in the country.

The court also sentenced other 16 defendants to death over the said charges.

Cassation Prosecution recommended on Tuesday that an appeal be accepted, Youm7 reported. However, recommendations issued by the Cassation Prosecution are not binding to the Court of Cassation.

On Saturday, the Court of Cassation has upheld a 20 year jail sentence passed against Morsi for his role in the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in Cairo in December 2012.

Saturday’s ruling is the first final verdict against Morsi, who has been convicted and sentenced to death and life imprisonment in three separate cases, but these rulings are under appeal.


Court postpones attorney general assassination case to Nov. 5

Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Tuesday the trial of 67 defendants accused of assassinating Egypt’s former top prosecutor Hesham Barakat to Nov.5, to allow lawyers to study case, Youm7 reported.

The defendants face charges, including premeditated murder, association with a terrorist organization possession and manufacture of explosives. 15 of the defendants are being tried in absentia.

Barakat was killed after a bomb targeted his motorcade in June last year.


UN Libya envoy in Cairo for trilateral talks

UN special envoy to Libya Martin Kobler arrived in Cairo on Monday to take part in a trilateral meeting on means of reaching a political settlement in Libya, Youm7 reported.

The Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abou al Gheit  on Tuesday will chair a trilateral meeting comprises Kobler, the High Representative of the African Union to Libya and former Tanzanian President jakaya kikwete.

The meeting aims to boost efforts to encourage political dialogue among warring Libyan parties, said spokesman for the AL chief Mahmoud Afifi.


7th forum of envoys, peace mediators in Africa kicks off in Sharm al Sheikh

Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm al Sheikh will host the African Union (AU) annual forum of the high-level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators on the Promotion of Peace Security and Stability in Africa, scheduled for Oct. 26-27, Youm7 reported.

This year’s two-day forum, held under the scheme “Mediation Practices and Contemporary Wars,” aims to discuss views on the multiple ways in which mediation practices can adapt to the changing nature of contemporary conflicts in Africa.


Army raid kills 8 militants in N. Sinai: source

The Egyptian Armed Forces have killed eight “Takfiri elements” in North Sinai during the past 24 hours, security sources told Youm7 Tuesday.

The suspected minilatnts were killed in a raid in North Sinai’s city of Rafah, said the source, adding that the army also defused six improvised explosive devices.

Egypt has witnessed a significant rise in militancy since the military-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his rule. According to the Interior Ministry, militant attacks have killed more than 500 security personnel since then.

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