UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 30: Parliament speaker holds government accountable for bad weather fatalities
Tourists having fun with rain water in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Hurghada. Oct. 30. Courtesy of friends of Egypt facebook page.


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Parliament speaker holds government accountable for bad weather fatalities

Speaker of the parliament Ali Abdel Aal said that the government is responsible for the deaths resulted from the recent bad weather wave that hit several parts of Egypt, Youm7 reported Sunday.

“Despite prior precautions by meteorological authority, the government has not informed the citizens not to travel through the ill-fated highways where dozens of people were killed in car accidents,” said Abdel Aal during a parliament session on Sunday.

Wahid Saudi, spokesperson for the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) told Youm7 on Sunday that “The authority has sent warning statements to all the Egyptian governorates on September 4 to prepare for anticipated torrential rain and flooding.”

The death toll from torrential rain and flooding in Egypt during the past 48 hours has risen to 26 people, the health ministry announced on Sunday.

A further 72 people were injured due to flood related accidents over the weekend, according to the ministry.

The bad weather, with sandstorms in places reducing visibility to zero, led authorities to close down roads near Suez governorate on Friday to prevent accidents but it was too late as 13 people were dead in bad weather-related accidents.

On Saturday, President Abdel Fatah el Sisi directed the government to allocate 50 million EGP (about $5.5m) for compensating families of those killed and injured in the heavy rains hit Egypt during the past two days, Youm7 reported.


Sisi directs government to secure loans for SMEs owners at 5% interest rate

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Sunday has directed the government to secure loans for owners of small and medium-sized SMEs enterprises at a five-percent interest rate, CBC TV channel announced.

The loans are to be repaid in installments over 10 years.


Egypt’s Wali chairs meetings of executive office of Arab social affairs ministers

Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Wali arrived in Jordan Sunday in an official visit where she will chair the 68th round of meetings of the executive office of the council of Arab ministers of social affairs, Youm7 reported.

The meetings will address ways to activate of Arab development and social work initiatives aiming to fight poverty and unemployment in Arab countries.

During her two-day visit to Jordan, Wali will also take part in a workshop about multi-faceted poverty in Arab countries.


UNWTO regional director arrives in Cairo for council meeting

The Regional Director of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Amr Abdel Ghaffar arrived at Cairo Airport Sunday to attend the 104th session of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization in Cairo that will last until Nov.1, 2016.


Egypt marks 1st anniversary of Russian crashed jet in Sharm el-Sheikh

Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation organized Sunday a candle vigil in Sharm el-Sheikh city, marking the first anniversary of the victims of the Russian aircraft that crashed in Sinai Oct. 30 last year.

The crash took place few minutes after the jet left Sharm el-Sheikh Airport on Oct. 31, 2015, leaving all the 224 crew members and passengers dead. A committee investigating the cause of the crash has yet not revealed its results; however, western intelligences’ indications refer to a bomb attack was behind the fatal accident.

Sunday vigil will be attended by three Egyptian ministers; aviation, tourism and antiquities, and the Russian ambassador to Cairo, besides a number of foreign media outlets.

A prayer for the victims will be held at Sharm el-Sheikh Cathedral as part of the day events.


New law on violence against women addresses enforced marriage, right of inheritance

A new law was drafted to be considered by the parliament, where a punishment of both imprisonment and fine awaits those force females to marriage.

The law on violence against women, was drafted by the National Council for Women, and stipulates at least 6 months jail term and 10,000 fine for enforced marriage and depriving women of their wealth.


Parliament to address dollar price hike crisis at black market next week

The economic committee at the parliament is scheuled to hold a meeting next week to discuss dollar prices hike in black markets.

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