Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 28: Presidency to form committees to implement Sisi’s decisions at youth conference
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi with a group of Youth after a bicycle marathon organized at Sharm el Sheikh, where first National Conference for Youth on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016- photo from Presidency office.
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Presidency to form committees to implement Sisi’s decisions at youth conference

The Egyptian presidency announced it will start forming committees to implement decisions taken by President Abdel Fatah al Sisi at the conclusion of the first national youth conference in Sharm El Sheikh as of Sunday, Youm7 reported.

Action groups, comprising of representatives from the government, executive bodies, parliament and public figures, will be formed under the auspice of the presidency to follow up the implementation of Sisi’s decision, the presidential media office said in a statement Friday.

Speaking at a youth conference in Sharm el-Sheikh on Thursday, Sisi promised to consider amendments presented by human rights groups to the controversial protest law.

The president also hinted at possible pardons for young people imprisoned without conviction.

 

Egypt’s Sisi pledges reviews of protest law, detentions

(Reuters) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi promised on Thursday to amend a law that human rights groups say has severely restricted protest rights and hinted at possible pardons for young people imprisoned without conviction.

Speaking at a youth conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, the former general said a committee would review the cases of young people held in pretrial detention and present its findings in two weeks so the presidency could take appropriate action.

Sisi does not have the authority to interfere in the judicial process in Egypt but is able to issue pardons. He said the government would consider suggested amendments to the protest law presented at the conference.

“The government, in coordination with the relevant state parties, will study the suggestions and proposals to amend the protest law … and include them in the set of proposed legislation to be presented to parliament during the current session,” he told the conference.

Since seizing power in mid-2013 and ending a divisive experiment in Muslim Brotherhood rule, Sisi has presided over a fierce crackdown on his Islamist opponents that has seen hundreds killed and many thousands jailed.

 

Egypt Ambassador to Sana’s, Yemen PM discuss conditions of Yemenis in Egypt

Egypt’s Ambassador to Yemen Youssef el Sharqawi met with Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr and discussed ways to provide support for Yemeni nationals living in Cairo, state news agency MENA reported Friday.

Nearly 5,000 Yemenis stranded in Egypt as they were here when war broke out at home in 2015 are still unable to return to their families, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR.)

During the meeting, the two officials reviewed ways to facilitate the entry of Yemenis to Egypt.

Egypt has changed its visa policies allowing Yemeni nationals above 45 or below 18 to enter without a visa.

Bin Daghr praised Egypt’s support for the Yemeni people and its honorable backing for the constitutional legitimacy in Yemen.

During his meeting with Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi in New York, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi asserted Egypt’s support to Yemen and its legitimate government.

 

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