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CAIRO, July 7, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Parliament's foreign affairs committee will host on Sunday the Canadian Ambassador here Jess Dutton to probe promoting cooperation between Egypt and Canada in various fields.

The panel will host on Monday Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriates Affairs Nabila Makram to discuss amendments suggested by Makram on a bill on Egyptian communities abroad.

CAIRO, July 3, 2018 (MENA) - The Egyptian cabinet convened its weekly meeting on Tuesday to review several political, economic and social files.

Discussions tackled reports on the quality of services offered to citizens as well as the progress realized so far in the national projects being implemented in various governorates.

The cabinet reviewed as well a number of draft laws and important ministerial decisions which aim to realize more economic and social stability and boost investment.

It followed up the measures taken under directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in order to support low-income strata.

Earlier Tuesday, the government under Moustafa Madbouli had reviewed during a parliamentary session its policy statement which focused on Egypt's national security and foreign policy, which has in its heart ways to counter terrorist operations and crimes and secure archaeological sites.

It also has to do with upgrading security services offered to citizens and promoting the tolerance of Islam in the face of extremism.

While reading out the statement before the House of Representatives, Madbouli promised that the government will be seeking to enhance the role played by cultural institutions as it fights extremist ideologies.

He said as well that the government will have in mind maintaining the Egyptian identity of expats, as well as confronting irregular migration, promoting citizenship and protecting human rights and basic freedoms.


CAIRO, July 3, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill presented by the government regarding treatment of some senior Armed Forces commanders.

Senior commanders of the Armed Forces whose names are stated in a republican decree will be summoned to serve the Armed Forces during their lifetime. The summoning is to be for those who are holding a civilian post after they complete their term.

Those summoned commanders are to be treated as ministers in terms of benefits and rights.

Under the approved bill they cannot be interrogated before any judicial authority during their term in office except upon a permission from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

The addressed commanders upon this law will be treated while traveling abroad with full immunity similar to heads and members of diplomatic missions throughout their service and the Foreign Ministry shall make all necessary arrangements in this regard.

The law is to be published in the official gazette.





CAIRO, July 3, 2018 (MENA) - The Egyptian government, led by Prime Minister Dr Mostafa Madbouli, presented its policy statement before members of the House of Representative during a session here on Tuesday.

A copy of the 250-page policy statement titled "Egypt leaping ahead" and a CD containing the statement in 79 Powerpoint sheets was presented to each MP.

A Braille copy of the organization-level document was made available for a visually impaired MP.

The premier read out the statement from a screen at the House's hall using Powerpoint. The document was titled "Egypt leaping ahead" to reflect the coming phase particularly with the announcement in the speech by the prime minister that the economic measures taken by the government recently will bear fruit in the coming period as 85% of the economic reform program has been accomplished.

CAIRO, June 30, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli is set to deliver the government's statement before the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The move comes in accordance with the constitution which stipulates that the new premier must deliver the government’s statement before the parliament within 20 days of the formation of the cabinet.

The House of Representatives will refer the statement to a special committee chaired by a deputy speaker, a move that is set to be followed by a vote of confidence.

SOFIA, June 29, 2018 (MENA) - Bulgarian Parliament voted down a no-confidence motion against the Government of Boyko Borissov on Friday, the Bulgarian news agency reported.

The motion was tabled by 80 MPs of the opposition BSP for Bulgaria party over a "failure of security policy".

The motion was supported by 104 MPs of the BSP for Bulgaria and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms with 131 votes "against" from the ruling GERB, the United Patriots, and Volya.

To go through, the motion needed the votes of 121 MPs in the 242-seat legislature.

Bulgarian National Assembly Chair Tsveta Karayancheva explained that Prime Minister Borissov could not attend the vote, as requested by Socialist MP Anton Koutev, because he is in Brussels.


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