Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 31: Sisi, Singapore’s counterpart talk bilateral cooperation; PM to be questioned on gov’t’s efforts of tackling floods crisis at the parliament
Sisi inaugurates al-Asmarat Project for building new housing units for slum inhabitants at Cairo’s Moqattam

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Sisi, Singapore’s counterpart talk bilateral cooperation

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will meet with his Singapore’s counterpart Tony Tan Keng Yam on Monday to discuss the bilateral relations.

A press conference due to be held at the Cairo-based Presidential Palace of Ittihadyia after the bilateral summit, according to a statement from Egyptian Presidential Office on Sunday.

President Tony Tan Keng Yam will also meet with Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb at the Azhar Sheikhdom headquarters to tackle the cooperation between his country and the Sunni Islamic institution.

Tony Tan’s five-day visit comes in the light of the 50th anniversary of Singapore–Egypt bilateral relations.

“The strong bilateral relationship between the two countries is anchored on shared interests, including economic cooperation and the emphasis on harmonious multi-cultural and multi-religious societies. In this regard, I am happy to be accompanied by a business delegation led by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), which will explore new areas of cooperation,” Singapore President wrote on his Facebook page on Saturday.

President Sisi has paid an Asian tour last year, starting a visit to Singapore where he discussed enhancement of bilateral relations; he also attended signature of a memorandum of understanding between of the Suez Canal Authority and the Singaporean Hyflux Ltd. for water solutions to build three desalination plants in Egypt.


Cairo court resumes retrial of 9 policemen over assaulting doctors at Matariya hospital

A Cairo misdemeanor court will resume on Monday a re-trial of nine policemen charged with beating and torturing physicians at Matarya Hospital.

The defendants have received a sentence of two years in jail and fined 2,000 EGP over their crimes. On May 18, the defendants were referred by the prosecution to an urgent criminal trial for verbally and physically assaulting doctors at Matariya teaching hospital in Cairo in January.

The incident took place when policemen in plainclothes allegedly went to the hospital to issue a fake medical report. After the doctors rejected it, an altercation ensued and the policemen attacked two doctors.

The attack stirred anger among thousands of doctors who then protested demanding an end to “police impunity” and called for the assaulting policemen to be quickly held accountable.



PM to be questioned on gov’t’s efforts of tackling floods crisis at the parliament

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail will attend the general session of the House of Representatives on Monday evening to reply all the parliamentarian questions about the government’s performance in tackling resident’s problems, Youm7 reported on Monday.

The Prime Minister will deliver a speech on the government’s emergency state that announced in Sinai due to the recent wave of rain floods that hit different parts of Egypt.

Speaker of the parliament Ali Abdel Aal said that the government is responsible for the deaths resulted from the floods and heavy rains, saying “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.”



Egypt’s Juvenile Court upholds 4 children’s acquittal of storming Ahly Club

Egypt’s Juvenile Court rejected the General Prosecution’s appeal against the acquittal of four minors over charges of storming al-Ahly Sporting Club on Monday, and illegal assembly, Youm7 reported.

The prosecution charged the children, who are Ahly fans, with storming the club during a handball game in September. The acquittal was handed down on Oct. 8.

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