UPDATE: Egypt’s political digest Nov. 2: Cabinet approves bill regulates rights of individuals with disabilities
The Egyptian Cabinet during the weekly meeting on Wednesday. Youm7

 

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Cabinet approves bill regulates rights of individuals with disabilities

The cabinet has initially approved in principal a draft law regulating the rights of individuals with disabilities, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

The bill will regulate medical services offered to individuals with disabilities, their right to pre-university and university education along with their right to take training courses before work.

It aims to integrate individuals with disabilities into society, provide them with proper living conditions and eradicate disability-based discrimination, Prime Minister Sherif Ismaiel said following the cabinet’s weekly meeting Tuesday.

The bill was drafted by the Ministry of Social Solidarity in collaboration with several civil society organizations and the parliamentary Solidarity Committee.

 

Sisi, EU’s Mashreq delegation talk bilateral cooperation

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on Wednesday received Chairman of the European Parliament’s Delegation for Relations with the Mashreq countries Marisa Matias and her accompanying members of the delegation.

During the meeting, Sisi asserted his country’s keenness on promoting bilateral relations with the EU member states; Egypt’s largest commercial partner, to deal effectively with common challenges, including terrorism, illegal immigration and refugees, presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in a statement Wednesday.

The president has called on the EU to pay more attention to issues that concern Egypt, including fight against terrorism, illegal immigration, and recovery of smuggled Egyptian funds.

For her part, Matias said talks with the Egyptian authorities regarding the case of slain Italian student Giulio Regeni was “positive” pointing out that Italy will appoint a new ambassador to Egypt in Jan. 2017.

 

ElBaradei clarifies his situation over violent dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins

Three years after the Egyptian security forces dispersed the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins of Rabaa and Nahda where hundreds of former Islamists President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters and protesters were killed on August 14,2013, former Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei said that there were political solutions could prevent the country from going to a state of chaos and violence.

“But unfortunately, despite reaching a tangible progress towards resolving the tension, which lasted until August 13,  via the dialogue, things have turned out to a different way after using force to disperse sit-ins,” the Nobel Peace Prize laureate said in a statement posted on his official Facebook page.

ElBaradei, who was one of the National Political Power, added that he and other political figures rejected using the violence against the protesters although there were other political solutions most politicians agreed on.

He noted that the Egyptian Armed Forces at that time as invited all political powers to the an urgent meeting on July 3, 2013 to discuss the political situation after hundreds of people have taken to the streets and called for the end of Morsi’s regime.  ElBaradei continued that he was surprised by holding Morsi’s by the military in the same day of the meeting.

The former Secretary-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that the Egyptian media attacked him after resignation from the vice-president post in protest of using violence against the protesters. Several media outlets accused him of being a spy and traitor.

A private call between ElBaradei and U.S. officials were leaked and the Egyptian media accused him of being a spy; in his recent statement ElBaradei clarified that the call was made after all political powers who met with Armed Forces discussed the economic and political situations and agreed to in contact with other countries to get a help.

 

U.S. Consulate in Alexandria opens its doors

The U.S. Consulate General in Alexandria officially reopened its doors on Tuesday, in light of its plan to “broaden its level of engagement and increase the ways it can work with the Egyptian people to promote shared interests in education, economic development, women’s advancement, and entrepreneurship,” the U.S. embassy in Cairo said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We have been looking forward to this day for several years; and we are delighted to now have a purpose built space to support and expand our engagement in Alexandria and the surrounding area.  My staff and I look forward to deepening our collaboration with government institutions and private sector organizations as we work together to foster educational, cultural, and economic opportunities for the people of Alexandria and the wider Delta region,” ” Consul General Stephen Fakan said.

 

Political activist Malek Adly barred from traveling to Paris

Egyptian authorities at the Cairo International Airport barred political activist Malek Adly from traveling abroad on Wednesday as his name was put on no-fly list, Egypt’s state-owned newspaper al-Ahram reported. He was going to travel to Paris.

Adly was ordered released by a court in August after the prosecution appealed an initial order to release him.

He was arrested in May for “inciting protests” that went rampant in the country against the transfer of the Red Sea islands Tiran and Sanafir to Saudi Arabia.

 

Pope Tawadros II meets with Singapore’s President

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese will meet with Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam on Wednesday to discuss the bilateral relations, Ahram stated.

Tony Tan has met with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and held 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 also met 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.

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