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In his meeting with Chinese Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe on March 26, President Sisi discussed the Chinese initiative, affirming that the Belt and Road Initiative is complementary to Egypt’s development efforts to attract more investments and build new megaprojects across the country, including the Suez Canal Corridor, logistic industrial zones, and new ports on the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Belt and Road Initiative was launched by the Chinese government to enhance trade, investments, and infrastructure in than 150 countries in Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The initiative is a revival to what was known as “The Silk Road.”

The second edition of BRFIC is taking place on April 25 - 27, and attended by 37 heads of state, the United Nations secretary-general and the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). That is in addition to 5,000 from more than 150 countries, and 90 international organizations, reported CGTN.

The initiative was launched in 2013. Since then, BRI agreements were signed by 126 countries and 29 international organizations with China.

Additional reporting by Noha el-Tawil]]>
4/25/2019 11:16:15 AM
<![CDATA[Court sentences to death 2 former monks for killing Bishop Epiphanius]]>
Wael Saad (formerly known as Monk Ash’eyaa) and Raymond Rasmi Mansour (Faltaous al-Makary) were stripped of their monkhood shortly after the bishop was killedand before it was announced that they were officially charged with murder.

Bishop Epiphanius was found dead on July 29 inside the monastery. The two monks reportedly confessed their crime. However, during an earlier session, Ash’eyaa denied committing the crime.

In February, the lawyer of one of the two former monks presented videos and pictures related to the incident allegedly proving that the metal tube seized by the police cannot be the murder weapon.

The pictures and videos sent by one of the monastery's monks showed that part of the victim's brain was out after he was hit, which cannot be caused by the metal tube believed to have be used to kill Bishop Epiphanius, the defense team said.

Ehab Sedra, lawyer of former monk Faltaous al-Makary, added that two people from outside the monastery murdered the bishop using two different tools, the lawyer asserted, El Watan reported.

"Is it [possible] that none of the 75 monks inside the monastery, staying in [rooms] located in the corridor the monastery's head passes by [on his way] to the church that [lies] inside the monastery,saw the incident?" Sedra asked.

The lawyer called for a forensic doctor to give his opinion after the new evidence was revealed to the court. He added that, before the court, the opinions of the two forensic doctors regarding the possibility that the seized tool could cause such injury to the victim were contradictory.

Sedra said that five people inside the monastery, who had disputes with the late monk, were suspects, while only two of them were indicted.

On February 23, the court ordered referring the two monks to Egypt's top religious authority for consideration of the death penalty against them.

Following the death of Bishiop Epiphanius, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria issued new monasticism laws, topping which is the deactivation of the social media accounts of all monks and bishops.

The death of Bishop Epiphanius revealed the struggle between the school of late Pope Shenouda and the ecclesiastical school of late Mathew the poor.

“We should look at it [the murder] as a wake-up call for all of us... The death of Bishop Epiphanius was like an alarm call,” said the pope during a mass marking the 40th day of the bishop’s death.

Monk Faltaous tried to commit suicide via slitting his wrist and then jumping off a high building inside the monastery. On August 21, he was hospitalized due to a degraded case of gangrene in his leg. Also, Ash’eyaa tried to commit suicide a day after the murder.


Additional reporting by Egypt Today Staff ]]>
4/24/2019 5:36:42 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt signs protocol with UK company for migratory birds monitoring training program ]]>
About 350 species of migrating birds come to Egypt across the Red Sea to find a resort in its islands. There are several aspects of why Egypt and its islands of the Red Sea in specific are of the biggest intricacies of bird migration.

Chris Antonopoulos, Lekela CEO- Eng. Osama el-gebaly, MSB Project Manage
Chris Antonopoulos, Lekela CEO- Eng. Osama el-gebaly, MSB Project Manage

There was a concern towards migratory birds that fly in hundreds of thousands back to Europe through Egypt, as the latter expand in construction of wind farms along the Red Sea.

Egypt is perfect transit for migrating birds

CAIRO - 23 November 2017: About 350 species of migrating birds come to Egypt across the Red Sea to find a resort in its islands. There are several aspects of why Egypt and its islands of the Red Sea in specific are of the biggest intricacies of bird migration.





The training program is part of Lekela’s plan for its wind farm project in the Gulf of Suez. Lekela will be involved in the establishment of the Bird Monitoring Centre of Excellence that aims to implement fully-fledged training programs for migratory bird monitoring and protection.

Chris Antonopoulos, Lekela CEO- Eng. Osama el-gebaly, MSB Project Manager- Faisal Eissa, Lekela Egypt General Manager
Chris Antonopoulos, Lekela CEO- Eng. Osama el-gebaly, MSB Project Manage

The company’s role will be directed at investing in consultancy services, providing training equipment, and sponsoring eight local trainees from the nearby city of Ras Ras Ghareb to support local job creation.

“This agreement is yet another step in Lekela’s commitment to the community. The wind farm in the Gulf of Suez will benefit from a great wind resource, but it is equally crucial to protect the surrounding wildlife. The training program is essential to safeguarding migrating birds by monitoring their routes and implementing necessary measures to protect them,” said Faisal Eissa, General Manager, Egypt.

The project comes within the framework of the Ministry of Environment's efforts to achieve the concept of integrating migratory bird conservation measures in various productive sectors, including the energy sector and the support of the cooperation of various national bodies such as the New and Renewable Energy Authority.

Eng. Osama Al-Jabali, Migratory Soaring Birds project manager, said "The center will be an independent national reference to the issuance and updating of the standards and requirements for the monitoring, identification and study of birds. It will also pave the way for the practical integration of conservation measures.”

Lekela is a renewable power generation company that delivers utility-scale projects which supply much-needed clean energy to communities across Africa.

Additional reporting by Mona Ahmed
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4/24/2019 4:37:42 PM
<![CDATA[Parl't affairs min. affirms Egypt's keenness to promote human rights]]>
The step comes as part of a number of constitutional amendments recently approved after a public referendum was conducted nationwide.



This came during Minister of Parliament Affairs Omar Marwan's participation in the 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights in Sharm El Sheikh.

The session started on Wednesday with the participation of the AHCPR's commissioners, representatives of the African Union secretariat and delegations from many African countries, foreign diplomatic missions and relevant UN organizations.

Also, 35 national institutions concerned with human rights and over 100 foreign and African non-governmental human rights organizations, including 12 Egyptian organizations, participated.

Zimbabwe's Justice Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi highlighted on Wednesday the importance of continuing coordination with human rights officials in Africa.

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Ziyambi said that he appreciates that Zimbabwe got the opportunity to take part in the session, affirming his country's commitment to further human rights progress and review human rights reports in accordance with the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

AOHR addresses public liberties in Arab, African states

CAIRO – 23 April 2019: The Arab Organization for Human Rights has spoken about the public liberties in the Arab and African countries.



During the session, a representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) revealed the existence of 68 million forcibly displaced people in the world, confirming that one-third of these citizens are hosted by countries in the African continent.

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He expressed the OHCHR's appreciation of the efforts exerted by some countries that have hosted the displaced people who fled their homes. "There are countries and communities that have opened their doors socially and economically to millions of displaced people despite the challenges these countries face," he added.

He highlighted the role of civil society in the protection of human rights, stressing that civil society organizations shall work on applying all the fundamentals of liberties.

Some reports issued by the African continent indicate the violation of the legitimate demands of human rights activists, targeting, attacking and torturing them, he said, adding that some legislations in some countries hinder the activists' work.

Human rights in Egypt

As part of Egypt’s interest to promote fundamental human rights and freedoms, Egypt’s government announced in August 2018 that it approved a draft resolution to form a permanent higher committee on human rights.

As various western reports and human rights activists generally accuse Egypt of human rights abuses, this committee will focus on handling and responding to any accusations against Egypt with respect to its human rights record.

This human rights committee will also be concerned with following up on Egypt’s implementation of international human rights obligations and agreements that are implemented on a global level. It will also be in charge of preparing reports, proposing policies and suggestions on how to handle issues of human rights.

The decision comes in accordance with the president's instructions to take action at both the institutional and executive levels to promote human rights,constitutional rights and basic freedoms on the national level.

On Monday, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received the ACHPR delegation in Cairo, where he urged them to “closely observe” the situation in Egypt.

Headed by Soyata Maiga, ACHPR heard a preview by Sisi about the developments and efforts exerted over the last few years to improve economic, social, service and living standards.

The president emphasized that promoting human rights is one of Egypt’s priorities in Vision 2030. ]]>
4/24/2019 4:33:00 PM
<![CDATA[3094 inmates released per presidential Pardon]]>
In March 2019, a total of 157 also inmates have been pardoned, as per presidential pardon No. 52/2019, concerning the release of some inmates after serving part of their sentences. Also, 417 people were granted a conditional release.

A group of 408 prisoners has been released per a presidential pardon earlier in March.

According to the constitution, the president has the right to issue pardons for convicted prisoners after consulting with the Cabinet.

In October 2016, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced the formation of a presidential pardon committee, headed by political thinker, Osama al-Ghazaly Harb, for pardoning detainees with charges pending further investigation.
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4/24/2019 2:45:54 PM
<![CDATA[Century AI educational platform introduced in Egypt]]>
As pupils learn on CENTURY, every click, score, and interaction is recorded. This data feeds into artificially intelligent algorithms that learn how each individual learns and plots the most effective route through learning material for each individual. Gaps in foundational knowledge are quickly identified and remedied, weaknesses are scaffolded and strengths built upon; with automated, constructive feedback provided. Tailored material is provided, based on a range of factors including a pupil’s focus, emotional state and their pace of learning. The platform also learns how each learner retains knowledge and develops their understanding of topics and can hence provide everyone with the best possible learning experience.

CENTURY supports teachers by automating the time-consuming and unrewarding tasks that don’t require a teacher’s talents. The platform marks work, collates data, analyses performance, and allows teachers to quickly assign ready-made activities for pupils. This allows teachers to spend more time on the humanizing, high-impact aspects of teaching. Their impact is further enhanced by CENTURY’s teacher dashboards, which give teachers deep insights into pupils understandings and effort levels.

Research involving more than 11,000 students using CENTURY showed that using the platform improves understanding of a topic by an average of 30 percent. It also frees up teachers time from admin tasks like marking and planning - saving each teacher an average of six hours a week, allowing them to focus on actually teaching.

Last month, CENTURY Tech agreed a landmark agreement with the Belgium government. As the leading teaching and learning platform that uses genuine artificial intelligence in its design, CENTURY Tech is rapidly spreading across the world, from leading English independent schools to schools in Lebanon educating large numbers of Syrian refugees.

CENTURY was developed by CENTURY Tech, a London-based technology company founded by Priya Lakhani OBE in 2015.

Artificial intelligence – where machines are programmed to perform tasks traditionally associated with humans – is transforming education across the world. It is used to tailor learning to each student, while freeing teachers’ time to teach by automating admin tasks like marking and planning. It also provides them with extensive data on each child’s performance, allowing for more effective targeted interventions to support or stretch students.
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4/24/2019 2:32:34 PM
<![CDATA[Health Ministry to set up 4 medical centers in Africa]]>
According to a statement issued by the ministry, Zayed added that the project comes in implementation of an initiative by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for treating one million African nationals from virus C.

She noted that African nationals living in Egypt will also be treated as part of the initiative, the statement reported.

Earlier April, Spokesperson for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed told Egypt Today that the Health Ministry is establishing 13 centers to treat African people from Hepatitis C (HCV).

Megahed also added that more than 45 Million citizens have been detected so far as part of "100 Million Seha" campaign.

In Feb., Minister of Health Hala Zayed said in statement that more than 30,375 million citizens were screened for HCV as part of the campaign across Egypt.

The initiative was launched by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi under the title "100 Million Health" to eradicate Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and chronic diseases.

The Health Ministry has vowed to completely eliminate the disease from Egypt by 2022.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health Megahed told Egypt Today that the three-phase campaign started in October 2018 and will end in April 2019.

In Jan., the minister unveiled an Egyptian initiative to treat African people from Hepatitis C, starting with the Nile Basin countries that have an estimated 3.7 million hepatitis C patients, representing 30 percent of the total number of infected people in Africa.

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4/24/2019 2:05:26 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: President Sisi lays wreaths at tomb of Unknown Soldier]]>
This came before the president's trip to China to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRFIC).



Also, Defense Minister Ahmed Zaki delegated commanders of field armies and military zones to lay wreaths at the tombs of the Unknown Soldier across Egypt.

Accompanied by the governor of Ismailia, the commander of the second field army laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the city.The commander of the third field army and the governor of Suez also laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Canal city.

Accompanied by the governor of Cairo, the commander of the central military zone laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The commanders of the western and northern military zones also laid wreaths at the tombs of the Unknown Soldier in Assiut. Also, the commander of the southern military zone laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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4/24/2019 12:54:03 PM
<![CDATA[North Korea's Kim arrives for summit with Russia's Putin]]>
The armored train carrying Kim — on his first official visit to Russia — pulled into the quayside station in Vladivostok, on the Pacific Ocean, a few hours after crossing from North Korea into Russia.

After a brief delay while the door of Kim’s carriage was lined up with a red carpet laid out on the platform, the door opened and a smiling Kim stepped out.

Earlier, at a stop on the border, Kim told Russian state television he was hoping for useful and successful discussions with Putin.

“I hope that we can discuss concrete questions about peace negotiations on the Korean peninsula, and our bilateral relations,” he said through an interpreter.

Kim will sit down for talks with Putin on Thursday at a university campus on an island just off Vladivostok. It will be the first summit between the two leaders, and the standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear program will top the agenda, according to a Kremlin foreign policy aide.

The meeting comes two months after a summit in Vietnam between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump ended in failure, leaving the North Korean leader looking elsewhere for international support and relief from sanctions.

For Putin the summit is an opportunity to show that Russia remains a major global player despite being under sanctions itself over its intervention in Ukraine and allegations that it meddled in U.S. elections.

But analysts predicted that Kim is unlikely to emerge from the summit with any substantial promises of sanctions relief. The meeting is likely to focus more on showing camaraderie.

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Vladivostok is located a few hours from the Russian-North Korean border by rail, Kim’s preferred mode of international transport.

On arrival in the city, the North Korean leader reviewed an honor guard of Russian troops in a square in front of the train station, with bodyguards looking on. He removed his black fedora while a military orchestra played first the North Korean national anthem, then the Russian anthem.

After officials from the Russian and North Korean delegations exchanged handshakes, Kim climbed into a black limousine and drove off. About 10 North Korean security guards in black suits jogged alongside the vehicle for about the first 100 meters (yards) of its journey.

Russian media reported that Kim would be heading to Russky island, linked by bridge to the mainland part of Vladivostok, where the summit will take place and where he is also expected to be staying.

Artyom Lukin, a professor at Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, said Kim would want to be seen as a world leader who has international interlocutors besides Washington, Beijing or Seoul.

“As for Russia, the Putin-Kim summit will reaffirm Moscow’s place as a major player on the Korean peninsula. This meeting is important for Russian international prestige,” Lukin said.

Putin held a summit in 2002 with Kim Jong Un’s father and predecessor, Kim Jong Il, who also met in 2011 with Dmitry Medvedev, the Putin lieutenant who was then Russian president.

The venue for the summit is a sports complex at the Far Eastern Federal University, which also played host in 2012 to an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

The sports complex at the university was closed on Tuesday and workers were seen bringing in furniture, a Reuters TV crew reported. Security guards at the entrance to the campus were searching vehicles as they drove in.]]>
4/24/2019 12:36:04 PM
<![CDATA[Sri Lanka says 60 people arrested since Easter Sunday blasts]]>
Lakshman Kiriella, who is also minister of public enterprise, said more than 100 people were likely to be arrested, without giving further details.]]>
4/24/2019 12:30:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian gov't denies reports on imposing new taxes on investors]]>
The Cabinet information center said in a statement that it contacted the Ministry of Finance which completely refuted the reports.

The ministry explained that the government is seeking to encourage investors to do business in Egypt through creating a suitable climate that would attract more investments and businesses.

All these reports are meant to incite investors and make them shun doing business in Egypt, said the ministry.

The ministry urged all mass media outlets to be accurate while publishing any economic reports. ]]>
4/24/2019 12:20:13 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies privatizing new health insurance system]]>
The center explained in a press statement that it contacted the Ministry of Health which denied the reports confirming that no privatization for the new system is planned.

The ministry explained that an agreement was signed with some major private hospitals for the purpose of serving the new system and transferring their experience to the ministry's cadres.

These reports are meant to stir public discontent, said the ministry, urging the Egyptian people not to heed such kind of rumors. ]]>
4/24/2019 12:18:10 PM
<![CDATA[New Zealand offers residency to families of mosque victims]]>
The special visa category "recognises the impact of the tragedy on the lives of those most affected, and gives people currently on temporary and resident visas some certainty" about their status, Immigration New Zealand said in a statement.

People living in New Zealand who were present at one of the mosques and their immediate family based in New Zealand qualify for the visa.

The definition of "immediate family" has been expanded to include a wide circle of family members including partner's family and the grandparents of children under 25.

Mustafa Farouk, the president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, said it was a generous gesture.

"We are very happy," he said, adding he expected everyone eligible would apply.

"Some of these people have not only lost their loved ones, they have also lost their main provider."

A self-styled white supremacist opened fire on Muslims at prayer in two Christchurch mosques on March 15.

Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian" has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 of attempted murder.]]>
4/24/2019 12:15:34 PM
<![CDATA[AOHR addresses public liberties in Arab, African states]]>
Alaa Shalaby, head of the AOHR has explained the danger of the armed conflicts in Libya, Sudan and Somalia, as well as the danger of the restrictions imposed on the public liberties, when it is added to the bad economic and social situation, leading to public protests and reform uprising.

The revolutions managed to achieve progress in the liberties situation on the ground, but without amending relevant legislation, leading to further problems, Shalaby said.

In this regard, he praised Egypt’s efforts, saying that the country has taken a different way through the past year and half, as local organizations have exerted pressure to amend the law and put an end to the funding cases. He urged the international organizations to work in partnership with the honest and experienced organizations, to defend human rights.

Also, the speech of Head of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) Hafez Abu Saada focused on three main axes, represented in the challenges facing the freedom of the NGOs, solving the crisis regarding the NGOs law, and the case of the foreign organizations.

Abu Saada reviewed the current efforts of the AOHR throughout the past years to hold accountable and punish those involved in torture crimes. He referred to the efforts to limit death sentences through a project that the AOHR is set to implement within two years.

Member and researcher in the AOHR Heidi Ali has presented a brief of an annual report on restrictions on the liberties in the nine countries participating the forum between 2016 and 2018.

Secretary-general of the AOHR in Libya Abdul Moneim al-Horr spoke about the situation of liberties in Libya, explaining in this regard the national division, armed conflict, the domination of the illegal groups, the and absolute absence of public liberties.

He also referred to targeting media personnel and human rights activists in the country, affirming that the progress of the human rights cannot be furthered when war and instability prevail a country.

Abdel Elah Abdel Salam, coordinator of La Coordination Maghrébine des Organisations des Droits Humains (CMODH) (aka the Coordination for Maghreb Human Rights Organization) spoke about the growing restrictions imposed on media and organizations during the past years.

He also reviewed restrictions imposed on l’Association Marocaine des Droits Humains (AMDH) (the Moroccan Association for Human Rights).

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received the African Commission on Human and peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) delegation in Cairo Monday, where he urged them to “closely observe” the situation in Egypt.

Headed by Soyata Maiga, ACHPR heard a preview by Sisi about the developments and efforts exerted over the last few years to improve economic, social, service and living standards.

The president emphasized that promoting human rights is one of Egypt’s priorities in Vision 2030.

On Saturday-Monday, ACHPR held a forum in Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss detention, combating torture and ill-treatment.

The forum also tackled issues of displacement and immigration, activating the economic and social rights, protecting the minorities and promoting cultural freedoms.

Over 120 participants from 70 Egyptian, African and international organizations are participating in the forum.

The organizations include the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, the Arab Organization for Human Rights, the African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Federation for Human Rights.

Moreover, the forum focused on the importance of the role played by the civil society in boosting and enriching human rights in Africa, as well as a number of main issues related to the democratic transaction in several countries including Algeria and Sudan. ]]>
4/24/2019 11:46:24 AM
<![CDATA[Death toll from Sri Lanka bombing attacks rises to 359: Police]]>
Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera released the toll but did not give a breakdown of casualties from the three churches and four hotels hit by suicide bombers.

The toll had been put at 321 on Tuesday, with about 500 people also wounded. ]]>
4/24/2019 11:44:28 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Constitutional amendments passed by 88% with 44% turnout: Elections committee]]>
The NEA said that over 27 out of 61.3 million illegible voters cast their votes in the referendum on proposed constitutional amendments,23416 million voted in favor of the constitutional amendments, while 2,9 millions voted against the proposed amendments and 331.7 votes were considered invalid.

The referendum was held in 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 committees, about 20 thousands judges from different judicial bodies supervised the referendum was, assisted by some 120,000 employees, according to NEA.

The number of eligible voters estimated at 61,344,503; while number of male voters is 30,788,369 and the number of female voters is 30,446,134.

Over the past three days, Egyptians at home cast their ballots on 14 amendments to the 2014 charter, which were approved earlier by parliament, with 531 out of 596 members voting in favour, 22 voting against and one abstention.]]>
4/23/2019 7:50:05 PM
<![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE: Turnout estimated at 40% of electorate took part in referendum on amendments: sources]]>
The National Election Authority (NEA) is holding a press conference to announce the result of the referendum.

The NEA received on Tuesday the voting reports of by the primary courts nationwide, after counting votes in the referendum held recently on some constitutional amendments. Egypt Today could find that the results of the referendum held in a number of border governorates including New Valley, North Sinai and Aswan have been sent to the NEA.

Ballot counting for a referendum on 14 amendments to the Egyptian constitution began late on Monday after polling stations nationwide closed their doors.

Deputy Chairman and Spokesperson of the NEA Judge Mahmoud Helmy Sherif stated that the turnout was high, and that no complaints regarding the referendum process have been submitted so far.

The referendum was observed by 22 international organizations and entities including 14 embassies, the European Union, and the Arab League. That is in addition to 58 local organizations.

The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.

The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General, Egypt's top prosecutor from some nominees. He would also appoint one third of the members of the Shura Council, which was revived, this time under the name "The Senate."]]>
4/23/2019 7:26:37 PM
<![CDATA[ Results of Referendum on amendments to be announced Tuesday: NEA]]>
The conference will be held at the headquarters of the State Information Service (SIS) subordinate to the Egyptian presidency.

The NEA received on Tuesday the voting reports of by the primary courts nationwide, after counting votes in the referendum held recently on some constitutional amendments. Egypt Today could find that the results of the referendum held in a number of border governorates including New Valley, North Sinai and Aswan have been sent to the NEA.

Ballot counting for a referendum on 14 amendments to the Egyptian constitution began late on Monday after polling stations nationwide closed their doors.

Deputy Chairman and Spokesperson of the NEA Judge Mahmoud Helmy Sherif stated that the turnout was high, and that no complaints regarding the referendum process have been submitted so far.

The referendum is observed by 22 international organizations and entities including 14 embassies, the European Union, and the Arab League. That is in addition to 58 local organizations.

The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.

The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General, Egypt's top prosecutor from some nominees. He would also appoint one third of the members of the Shura Council, which was revived, this time under the name "The Senate."]]>
4/23/2019 3:09:54 PM
<![CDATA[Radi: Sudanese interim council granted 3 months to hand over power]]>
In press statements after the summit, he added that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi managed at the meeting to reach positive results for the best interest of the Sudanese people in an effort to preserve the unity of the Sudanese people and their stability.

He added that Chairman of the African Union Commission Musa Faqih visited Sudan and found thousands of Sudanese people on the street.

Faqih granted the Sudanese interim council 15 days to hand over power to a civilian government, said Radi, adding that President Sisi managed to extend this period from 15 days to three months for forming a government. ]]>
4/23/2019 3:08:00 PM
<![CDATA[Primary courts send referendum result to Election Authority]]>
Egypt Today could find that the results of the referendum held in a number of border governorates including New Valley, North Sinai and Aswan have been sent to the NEA. This means that the NEA, the body charged with managing the electoral process, will expectedly receive reports of the results of the vote in all governorates later on Tuesday.

Ballot counting for a referendum on 14 amendments to the Egyptian constitution began late on Monday after polling stations nationwide closed their doors.

The National Election Authority stated results of the voting process will be announced shortly after ending the three-day voting.

Deputy Chairman and Spokesperson of the NEA Judge Mahmoud Helmy Sherif stated that the turnout was high, and that no complaints regarding the referendum process have been submitted so far.

The referendum is observed by 22 international organizations and entities including 14 embassies, the European Union, and the Arab League. That is in addition to 58 local organizations.

The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.

The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General, Egypt's top prosecutor from some nominees. He would also appoint one third of the members of the Shura Council, which was revived, this time under the name "The Senate." ]]>
4/23/2019 2:36:49 PM
<![CDATA[Earth Day 2019: Protecting Our Species]]>
The program raised awareness of the dangers faced by all species through presentations on Egypt’s biodiversity, the Migratory Soaring Birds Project, power lines and other threats to bird migration, and a virtual reality display of the Wadi Degla Museum. Participants also discussed the efforts necessary to mitigate the negative effects of population growth and development on species preservation.

At the event, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Lisa Vickers highlighted the efforts of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency and other Egyptian partners to address habitat loss, as well as the illegal and unsustainable exploitation of wildlife, habitat, fish and other marine species. According to Vickers, “Today’s event is a call to action to raise awareness to preserve the world’s species that are vulnerable to extinction, and a notice that species preservation starts with each one of us.

The United States shares the global concern regarding species conservation and the growing challenge to protect species from extinction.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo commends the Egyptian public and private sectors as well as civil society for their efforts to “Protect Our Species.”]]>
4/23/2019 2:12:43 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi welcomes Cypriot parliament's initiative to teach Arabic in Cyprus]]>
This came during a meeting between President Sisi and Speaker of the Cypriot House of Representatives Dimitris Syllouris and his accompanying delegation on Monday, April 22, in the presence of Speaker of the House representative Ali Abdel Aal and the ambassador of Cyprus in Cairo.

Rady's statement added that President Sisi pointed out Egypt's interest in providing all forms of assistance to support this initiative which will undoubtedly contribute to deepening the strong relations between Cyprus and the Arab countries.

President Sisi stressed the depth of the historical relations between Egypt and Cyprus and the two friendly peoples as well as Egypt's keenness to promote mutual relations in various fields.

For his part, Syllouris conveyed the greetings and appreciation of the Cypriot president to President Sisi, expressing his happiness to visit Egypt in response to Abdel Aal's invitation. Syllouris also hailed the remarkable relations between the two countries.

The meeting tackled aspects of cooperation as well as results of the first-ever formal meeting between the parliament speakers of Cyprus, Greece, and Egypt, which took place in Cyprus in February to deepen trilateral relations, the statement reported.

The two sides also exchanged views on the latest developments in several regional issues.

In the same context, Chairman of the board of directors of Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency Michaelis Michael said on April 22 that the Cypriot Investments in Egypt recorded $400 million with the existence of 224 Cypriot companies working in the fields of industry, tourism, service, and energy.

Michael added that his agency is encouraging investors to pump new investments in Egypt.

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4/23/2019 2:04:02 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian airports completely secured: Aviation minister]]>
High security measures are applied at all the airports, Younis el Masry said as he inspected work progress at Cairo airport.

Surveillance cameras and radars have been installed at all places of operation inside terminals of Sharm el Sheikh, Borg el Arab, Hurghada and Cairo airports, he noted.

Work is underway to install radars at all other airports to bring to the maximum the security level at all Egyptian airports, Younis added.]]>
4/23/2019 12:47:22 PM
<![CDATA[North Korea's Kim Jong Un to meet Putin in Russia on Thursday: report]]>
The visit is part of Kim’s effort to build foreign support for his economic development plans, analysts said, after the breakdown of a second U.S.-North Korea summit in Vietnam in February meant no relief on sanctions for North Korea.

The North’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Tuesday the visit would happen soon, but did not elaborate on a time or location.

Russia’s Kommersant newspaper reported the visit was scheduled for April 25 in Vladivostok. The newspaper cited two sources close to the process of preparing the visit.

There was no immediate comment on the report from the Kremlin, but spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday that Putin and Kim were on track to meet by the end of April.

Kim’s chief aide, Kim Chang Son, was seen in Vladivostok on Sunday, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

Russia has for years been involved in efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear program. It was involved in so-called six party talks - along with the two Koreas, Japan, the United States and China - that were last held in 2009.

NK News, a group that follows North Korea, showed photos on its website on Monday of preparations at Vladivostok’s Far Eastern Federal University, likely to host part of the summit, with workers putting up North Korean and Russian flags.

South Korea’s foreign ministry said it understood the agenda would include Russia-North Korea relations, denuclearization, and regional cooperation.

“Russia shares our viewpoints such as the achievement of complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and the settlement of permanent peace,” foreign ministry spokesman Kim In-chul said at a briefing in Seoul.

“I hope that the summit will be an opportunity that contributes to positive progress.”

After the failed Hanoi summit, Kim is probably looking to prove that he is still sought after by world leaders, and that he has more options, said Artyom Lukin, a professor at Far Eastern Federal University.

“Kim does not want to look too dependent on Washington, Beijing and Seoul,” he said.

“As for Russia, the Putin-Kim summit will reaffirm Moscow’s place as a major player on the Korean Peninsula. This meeting is important for Russian international prestige.”]]>
4/23/2019 12:44:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s FM meets Cypriot Parliament speaker Tuesday]]>
According to an official statement, the meeting will take place in the ministry’s headquarters.

This is not Syllouris' first visit to Egypt. In April 2018, Syllouris visited Egypt for two days, met with a number of senior officials and visited the Parliament.

Syllouris' visit was preceded by the visit of Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides to Cairo in the same month.

In May 2018, Egyptian House Speaker, Ali Abdel Aal, received an invitation from Syllouris to pay an official visit to the latter’s country in September to discuss ways of enhancing bilateral relations between Egypt and Cyprus.

On Saturday, April 20, Shoukry was seen at Saiza Nabarawi School in The Fifth Settlement to vote on the constitutional amendments. ]]>
4/23/2019 10:17:56 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt to host summit on Libya and Sudan]]>
The summit on Sudan will include the presidents of Chad, Djibouti, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia ,and South Africa.

The participants will also include the deputy of Ethiopian prime minister, South Sudan’s presidential adviser for security affairs, the Ugandan and Kenyan foreign ministers, and Nigerian undersecretary of foreign minister, as well as chairman of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki.

The summit will study the possibilities of dealing with Sudan’s current developments and how to contribute to backing stability and peace there.

Al-Sisi will also host the meeting of a troika summit to discuss the political and security situations in Libya and means to contain the current crisis and eradicate terrorism.

The summit will be attended by the presidents of Rwanda, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and chairman of the AU Commission.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi will host two summits on Tuesday to discuss the situation in both Sudan and Libya.]]>
4/23/2019 12:22:09 AM
<![CDATA[Ballot counting ends in 609 sub-committees in Asyut]]>
The National Election Authority announced results of the voting process would be announced shortly after ending the three-day voting.

Deputy Chairman and Spokesperson of NEA Judge Mahmoud Helmy Sherif stated that the turnout was high, and that no complaints regarding the referendum process were submitted so far.

The referendum is observed by 22 international organizations and entities including 14 embassies, the European Union, and the Arab League. That is in addition to 58 local organizations.

The new amendments would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate the vice president post.

The referendum voting was being conducted in 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 committees, while the number of judges supervising the referendum is about 20,000, assisted by some 120,000 employees.

President Sisi was first elected president in 2014 after a popular uprising that sacked the Muslim Brotherhood regime. He was re-elected last year in a landslide victory where he secured 97 percent of the vote. 
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4/23/2019 12:06:16 AM
<![CDATA[Iraqi PM congratulates Sisi, Egyptians on ‘successful’ referendum]]>
The Iraqi Prime Minister further commended on the positive developments that Egypt has been witnessing on various levels and fields over the recent years.

Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady said Abdul-Mahdi affirmed Iraq’s appreciation to Egypt and President Sisi, in light of the deep historical relations between Egypt and Iraq.

For his part, President Sisi stressed his pride of the Egyptian-Iraqi ties, while praising the constant development that these ties witness.

The referendum was observed by 22 international organizations and entities including 14 embassies, the European Union, and the Arab League. That is in addition to 58 local organizations.

The new amendments would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate the vice president post.

The referendum voting was being conducted in 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 committees, while the number of judges supervising the referendum is about 20,000, assisted by some 120,000 employees.

President Sisi was first elected president in 2014 after a popular uprising that sacked the Muslim Brotherhood regime. He was re-elected last year in a landslide victory where he secured 97 percent of the vote.
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4/22/2019 11:04:22 PM
<![CDATA[Constitutional amendments ballot counting starts in Beheira]]>
The National Election Authority announced results of the voting process would be announced shortly after ending the three-day voting.

Deputy Chairman and Spokesperson of NEA Judge Mahmoud Helmy Sherif stated that the turnout was high, and that no complaints regarding the referendum process were submitted so far.

The referendum is observed by 22 international organizations and entities including 14 embassies, the European Union, and the Arab League. That is in addition to 58 local organizations.

The new amendments would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate the vice president post.

The referendum voting was being conducted in 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 committees, while the number of judges supervising the referendum is about 20,000, assisted by some 120,000 employees.

President Sisi was first elected president in 2014 after a popular uprising that sacked the Muslim Brotherhood regime. He was re-elected last year in a landslide victory where he secured 97 percent of the vote.]]>
4/22/2019 10:55:38 PM
<![CDATA[Ballot counting on constitutional amendments ends in Hurgada]]>
The National Election Authority announced results of the voting process would be announced shortly after ending the three-day voting.

Deputy Chairman and Spokesperson of NEA Judge Mahmoud Helmy Sherif stated that the turnout was high, and that no complaints regarding the referendum process were submitted so far.

In Pics: Egyptians flock to vote on last day of referendum on constitutional amendments


The referendum is observed by 22 international organizations and entities including 14 embassies, the European Union, and the Arab League. That is in addition to 58 local organizations.

The new amendments would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate the vice president post.

The referendum voting was being conducted in 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 committees, while the number of judges supervising the referendum is about 20,000, assisted by some 120,000 employees.

President Sisi was first elected president in 2014 after a popular uprising that sacked the Muslim Brotherhood regime. He was re-elected last year in a landslide victory where he secured 97 percent of the vote.
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4/22/2019 10:51:00 PM
<![CDATA[Ballot counting for constitutional amendments referendum begins]]>
The National Election Authority announced results of the voting process would be announced shortly after ending three-day voting.

Deputy Chairman and Spokesperson of NEA Judge Mahmoud Helmy Sherif stated that the turnout was high, and that no complaints regarding the referendum process were submitted so far.

The referendum is observed by 22 international organizations and entities including 14 embassies, the European Union, and the Arab League. That is in addition to 58 local organizations.

The new amendments would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate the vice president post.

We did not receive complaints, foreign media highlighted intensity of turnout: SCMR


The referendum voting was being conducted in 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 committees, while the number of judges supervising the referendum is about 20,000, assisted by some 120,000 employees.

President Sisi was first elected president in 2014 after a popular uprising that sacked the Muslim Brotherhood regime. He was re-elected last year in a landslide victory where he secured 97 percent of the vote.

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4/22/2019 9:54:01 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt ends referendum on constitutional amendments]]>
Deputy Chairman and Spokesperson of the National Election Authority (NEA) Judge Mahmoud Helmy Sherif stated that the turnout was high, and that no complaints regarding the referendum process were submitted so far.

The referendum is observed by 22 international organizations and entities including 14 embassies, the European Union, and the Arab League. That is in addition to 58 local organizations.

Before vote: Know about powers granted to president by constitutional amendments

CAIRO - 16 April 2019: The parliamentary legislative subcommittee, headed by Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, approved on Sunday a set of proposed constitutional amendments paving the way for the Parliament to hold a final vote on them on Tuesday.




The new amendments would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate the vice president post.

The referendum voting was being conducted in 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 committees, while the number of judges supervising the referendum is about 20,000, assisted by some 120,000 employees.

The NEA is expected to announced the result of the entire vote shortly, for both Egyptians at home and abroad.

President Sisi was first elected president in 2014 after a popular uprising that sacked the Muslim Brotherhood regime. He was re-elected last year in a landslide victory where he secured 97 percent of the vote.

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4/22/2019 9:41:59 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi urges Arab ministers to secure youth against harmful ideologies]]>
This came on the sidelines of the 42nd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Youth and Sports and the 63rd session of the Executive Office of the Council in Cairo on April 22-23.

During the meeting, President Sisi highlighted the importance of continuing to expand the role of youth and sports ministries in guiding youth potentials, establishing national unity, supporting morals and developing their spirit of loyalty, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

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Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi receives on Monday the ministers of youth of the Arab states in Cairo – Press photo

Sisi also urged working to develop the sport, social and cultural aspects of the young people, and raising their awareness of the challenges posed by the spread of emerging technologies.

Youth constitutes the largest segment of the Arab societies, making them a source of a huge positive energy if adopted well, Sisi said. The president also urged creating an ambitious and progressive plan of action to activate the Arab strategy to invest in youth energies and combat extremism.

The Arab ministers commended the importance the political leadership attaches to the youth and sports fields, especially through adopting many interactive initiatives with youth, and holding national, regional and international events and conferences in this regard, Radi said.

During the 63rd session of the Executive Office of the Council, Egypt's Youth Minister Ashraf Sobhi, who is also the head of the executive office of the council, will be reviewing a report of the Youth and Sports Ministry on the activities of "Cairo Capital of Arab Youth 2018."

The Tunisian Youth and Sports Ministry will make a presentation on the activities of "Tunis Capital of Arab Youth 2019."

The meetings of the executive office will witness a wrap up of the activities of "Cairo Capital of Arab Youth 2018."



At the opening session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum in Washington, Sobhi said that empowering youth is a "top priority" for President Sisi, as youth are the "cornerstone and focus of Egypt's vision for sustainable development 2030."


Sobhi said that his ministry is implementing a number of initiatives and programs to ensure youth's full participation in the political, social, cultural and economic fields.

The ministry also launched a campaign, titled "Development and Change" to bridge the skills gap in the labor market, he added.

The minister added that Egypt has about 4260 youth centers to provide sports culture and special programs to enhance the political and social role of youth.


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4/22/2019 6:18:04 PM
<![CDATA[Security forces foil attempt to invalidate voting box in Nozha district]]>
It was explained in an official statement that the attempt took place by a 45-year old, unemployed man. During casting his ballot, he exchanged the voting paper with another unofficial paper, which would legally invalidate the whole box.

Spokesperson of the National Elections Authority (NEA) Mahmoud el-Sherif noted to the incident during a press conference, Wondering about the reason of his attempt ‘to invalidate the voting processes'.

The man will be facing charges of trying to invalidate a voting box and destabilizing the voting process on constitutional amendments.

Long queues of voters have been witnessed outside polling stations since the early hours of Monday, the third and last day of the referendum on the constitutional amendments.

High turnout of elderly, youth and women voters was recorded during the past two days.

The referendum on constitutional amendments is held on April 20-22 domestically, and April 19-21 abroad. A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments.

The voting process has concluded abroad on Sunday and embassies started the voting count procedures.


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4/22/2019 4:42:44 PM
<![CDATA[Results of Egyptians' vote in New Zealand, Australia sent to NEA: Min.]]>
In an interview with Egypt Today, Makram said that Egyptians in a large number of European countries are still voting in the referendum for the third day, affirming that the U.S. will be the last country to end the vote.

She added that the ministry's operations chamber has received 230 inquiries concerning the referendum.

The chamber has monitored some malicious campaigns on social media, which aim at weakening the will of Egyptians, Makram said, adding that the ministry was keen to communicate with the Egyptians abroad to encourage them to take part in the referendum and contribute to confronting these campaigns.

Sunday (local time) marks the last day of voting for Egyptian expats in the referendum on draft constitutional amendments that started on April 19 in 124 countries with140 polling stations.

Expat voters need to bring a valid Egyptian passport or an Egyptian national ID whether valid or expired as stated by the rules set by the National Elections Authority (NEA).



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4/22/2019 4:31:39 PM
<![CDATA[Madbouli stresses need for integration among Arab bourses]]>
This came during his meeting with members of the Arab Federation of Exchanges (AFE) in the presence of Chief Executive Officer of the World Federation of Exchanges Nandini Sukumar and senior Egyptian officials including Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait.

According to Cabinet spokesman Nader Saad,the meeting reflects Madbouli's keenness on getting together with Arab bourses' heads during their presence in Cairo to attend meetings of the AFE andboost Arab development efforts.

Head of the Egyptian Exchange (EGX) Mohamed Farid Saleh said the coming period will witness more efforts to ease measures for companies seeking to join Arab bourses with the aim of serving economic development efforts in the Arab region.

Following the meeting, the prime minister will also meet with the Economic Group to follow up on a number of economic files on which the government is working. He will also meet with the president of the House of Representatives of Cyprus, in the presence of Minister of the House of Representatives Omar Marwan.

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4/22/2019 4:14:19 PM
<![CDATA[No Egyptians among victims of terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka: Min.]]>
According to a statement issued by the ministry, Makram contacted Egyptian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Hussein Al-Saharti immediately after the incident to check on Egyptians in the country.

The immigration minister explained that the Egyptian community in Sri Lanka is about 150 people.

Eight suicide bombers took part in the attacks that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, investigators said on Monday.

Most of the dead and wounded were Sri Lankans although government officials said 32 foreigners were killed, including British, U.S., Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals.

Denmark’s richest man Anders HolchPovlsen and his wife lost three of their four children in the attacks, a spokesman for Povlsen’s fashion firm said.

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4/22/2019 3:43:07 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi meets with Arab ministers of Youth and Sports Monday]]>
It is scheduled that the Arab ministers of youth and sportswill attend the 63rd session of the executive office of the Council of Arab Ministers of Youth and Sportsheaded by Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi at the Arab League (AL) premises.

During the session, Sobhi, who is also the head of the executive office of the council, will be reviewing a report of the Youth and Sports Ministry on the activities of "Cairo Capital of Arab Youth 2018".

The Tunisian Youth and Sports Ministry will make a presentation on the activities of "Tunis Capital of Arab Youth 2019".

The meetings of the executive office will witness a wrap up of the activities of "Cairo Capital of Arab Youth 2018", handing over
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4/22/2019 3:27:05 PM
<![CDATA[Sorting of expats’ votes on constitutional amendments ends ]]>
The sorting of the ballots was conducted at the Egyptian embassies and consulates. The initial results of the three-day vote on the new amendments that allow President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to remain in power until 2030 will be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cairo.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will then send the results to the National Election Authority (NEA).

Egyptian expatriates started voting on Friday. Meanwhile, nationals in Egypt have started voting on April 20.

The amendments include a “transitional article” that allows President Sisi to remain in power until 2024. Sisi will also have the right to run for a new 6-year term. The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General, Egypt's top prosecutor from some nominees.

A number of Egyptian ambassadors stated that embassies and consulates have witnessed a high turnout over the three-day vote.

In case you missed it…

Egyptian ambassadors reveal referendum turnout

CAIRO - 21 April 2019: Sunday marks the last day of voting for Egyptian expats in the referendum on draft constitutional amendments that started on April 19 in 124 countries with140 polling stations. The following are the statements of Egypt's ambassadors on the turnout.




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Egyptian ambassador to Germany Badr Abdel-Atti and other members of the diplomatic missions sort the expats’ ballots on the constitutional amendments at the embassy in Berlin on Monday, April 22,2019- Press photo

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4/22/2019 2:33:44 PM
<![CDATA[We did not receive complaints, foreign media highlighted intensity of turnout: SCMR]]>
Salim added that the chamber continues to monitor the commitment of press institutions, media outlets and websites to the rules of media coverage in accordance with the decision of the National Elections Commission.

Salim noted that the international mission following up the referendum, which consists of 69 membersand includes 4 international and local organizations, monitored the high participation rates on the second day of the referendum on the constitutional amendments.

The referendum on Egyptian constitutional amendments received media attention worldwide, including the broadcast and publication of thousands of news and video reports in thousands of newspapers, television channels and websites acrossthe world.

SIS also noted that 549 foreign media correspondents submitted requests for coverage permits, where the National Election Authority granted permits to 548 correspondents, while the organizations that received permits includeReuters, AFP and the Associated Press and newspapers like The Washington Post, The New York Times, Le Monde and The Times of London.

Media outlets covered the voteinside and outside the premises of the polling stations and conducted hundreds of interviews with voters, officials, judges, opposition figures and others in about 13,919 electoral subcommittees in 10,878 polling centers and 368 general committees.

All correspondents were enabled to practice their profession and facilities were made available to give them access to everything related to the referendum.
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4/22/2019 2:33:00 PM
<![CDATA[Centenarian women seen voting on constitutional amendments]]>
On Monday, Shafika Badr, 108, cast her ballot in the referendum, inside a polling station in Menoufia's Menouf.

Meanwhile in Matrouh, a 125-year old woman cast her vote in a polling station in Sallum, east of the border with Libya on Saturday.

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A 125-year old woman casts her vote in a polling station in Sallum – Press photo

In Ismailia's El-Qantara, Fatma Mubarak, 108, cast her ballot on Saturday.

Also, Sarriya Hassan Sorour, a 105-year-old woman participated in the referendum in her home village in Qalubiya governorate on the second voting day.

Also, a 99-year old Nubian woman was seen on Monday while heading to the polling station in Giza's Hadaek al-Ahram (Pyramids Gardens).





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4/22/2019 2:23:53 PM
<![CDATA[Sri Lanka says attacks carried out by suicide bombers, international network involved]]>
Two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel on Colombo’s seafront, said Ariyananda Welianga, a senior official at the government’s forensic division. The others targeted three churches and two other hotels.

A fourth hotel and a house in a suburb of the capital Colombo were also targeted, but it was not immediately clear how those attacks were carried out.

“Still the investigations are going on,” Welianga said.

There was no claim of responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks, which mainly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down for breakfast buffets.

“Guests who had come for breakfast were lying on the floor, blood all over,” an employee at Kingsbury Hotel, one of those targeted, told Reuters.

“We just picked up everyone, dead or alive and evacuated them.”

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said an international network was involved, but did not elaborate.

“We do not believe these attacks were carried out by a group of people who were confined to this country,” Senaratne said. “There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”

The president, Maithripala Sirisena, said in a statement the country will seek foreign assistance to track the international links.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe acknowledged on Sunday that the government had some prior information about possible attacks on churches involving a little-known local Islamist group.

A domestic intelligence report dated April 11 and seen by Reuters said a foreign intelligence agency had warned Sri Lankan authorities of possible attacks.

Four of the bombs went off at roughly the same time on Sunday, at 8.45 a.m., with two others coming within 20 minutes. The explosions at the fourth hotel and the house were in the afternoon.

Most of the dead and wounded were Sri Lankans although government officials said 32 foreigners were killed, including British, U.S., Turkish, Indian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese nationals.

Denmark’s richest man Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife lost three of their four children in the attacks, a spokesman for Povlsen’s fashion firm said.

The U.S. State Department said in a travel advisory “terrorist groups” were continuing to plot possible attacks in Sri Lanka and targets could include tourist spots, transport hubs, shopping malls, hotels, places of worship, airports and other public areas.

The government announced a curfew in Colombo from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m.

Separately, the president said a nationwide emergency will go into effect at midnight local time on Monday, granting police and the military extensive powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders.

SECTARIAN VIOLENCE

There were fears the attacks could spark a renewal of communal violence, with police also reporting late on Sunday there had been a petrol bomb attack on a mosque in the northwest and arson attacks on two shops owned by Muslims in the west.

Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka was at war for decades with ethnic minority Tamil separatists but violence had largely ended since the government victory in the civil war, 10 years ago.

Sri Lanka’s 22 million people include minority Christians, Muslims and Hindus.

Police said on Monday that 24 people had been arrested, all of whom were Sri Lankan.

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The Sri Lankan military, who were clearing the route from Colombo airport late on Sunday in preparation for the return of President Sirisena from an overseas visit, found a crude bomb near the departure gate, an air force spokesman said.

They destroyed the device in a controlled explosion.

Traffic was uncharacteristically thin in normally bustling Colombo after an island-wide curfew was lifted earlier Monday.

Soldiers with automatic weapons stood guard outside major hotels and the World Trade Center in the business district, where the four hotels were targeted, a Reuters witness said.

Scores of people who were stranded overnight at the main airport began making their way home as restrictions were lifted.

The government also blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp, making information hard to gather.

Victims of the attacks included a British mother and son at breakfast at the Shangri-La, British media reported.

An Australian survivor, identified only as Sam, told Australia’s 3AW radio the hotel was a scene of “absolute carnage”.

He said he and a travel partner were having breakfast at the Shangri-La when two blasts went off. He said he had seen two men wearing backpacks seconds before the blasts.

“There were people screaming and dead bodies all around,” he said. “Kids crying, kids on the ground, I don’t know if they were dead or not, just crazy.”

There were similar scenes of carnage at two churches in or near Colombo, and a third church in the northeast town of Batticaloa, where worshippers had gathered for Easter Sunday services. Pictures from the scene showed bodies on the ground and blood-spattered pews and statues.

Dozens were killed in one of the blasts at the Gothic-style St. Sebastian church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo. Police said they suspected that blast was a suicide attack.

DOMESTIC FEUD

Questions over why the intelligence report was not acted upon could feed into a feud between the prime minister and the president.

Sirisena fired the premier last year and installed opposition strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his stead. Weeks later, he was forced to re-instate Wickremesinghe because of pressure from the Supreme Court but their relationship is still fraught as a presidential election nears.]]>
4/22/2019 1:19:29 PM
<![CDATA[Three children of Danish billionaire killed in Sri Lanka attacks]]>
The spokesman declined to give any further details but Danish media said the family had been on holiday in Sri Lanka.

A string of bombings at churches and luxury hotels across Sri Lanka killed 290 people and wounded about 500 in Sunday’s attacks. A senior investigator said on Monday that seven suicide bombers had taken part in the attacks.

Povlsen is the owner of fashion firm Bestseller, which includes brands like Vero Moda and Jack & Jones, and is the majority stakeholder in online retailer Asos while also holding a big stake in Zalando.

He owns more than 1 percent of all the land in Scotland, according to Forbes.

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4/22/2019 1:17:31 PM
<![CDATA[ Disabled people vote in referendum on constitutional amendments]]>
Monday, April 22 is the last day Egyptians can cast their votes.

Ashraf Sobhi, the minister of youth, said that the participation of the disabled people in the referendum reflects the ministry's success to reach and integrate them into the society.

On the first day of the referendum on constitutional amendments, the National Council for Disability Affairs said it had received 70 inquiries from disabled people about the referendum until the polling stations closed at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

This referendum witnesses the first printing of ballot papers using Braille writing system, which uses embossed paper designed to allow visually impaired people to read. The Braille ballot papers will allow blind citizens to practice their constitutional right and vote in the referendum unassisted.

Braille allows blind people and those who have low vision to read documents through touching raised dots representing the letters of alphabet.

According to Article 244 of the Constitution and according to the amendment proposed, the State shall ensure that the youth, Christians, persons with disabilities and Egyptians residing abroad are represented in an appropriate manner, as specified by law.

While before the amendment, the article stipulated that these sectors shall be represented appropriately in the first parliament elected after this constitution comes into effect, as specified by law.

Polling stations nationwide have started to receive voters inside Egypt on Saturday to cast their ballots in the referendum, over three consecutive days, while expats have been allowed to vote since Friday, according to each country's local time. The referendum is held under full judicial supervision with the participation of 19,339 judges.

What the state did for the disabled

In January, Egyptian Parliament gave a final approval on a draft law submitted by the government to establish the National Council for People with Disabilities, away from the National Council for Disabled Affairs (NCDA).

According to the draft law, the new Disabilities Council is an independent body that aims to promote, develop and protect the rights of persons with disabilities and their constitutional dignity.

The council shall enjoy technical, financial and administrative independence in performing its activities, functions and competences.

Concerning administration, the council shall consist of a president, a vice-president and 17 members with disabilities in addition to public figures with experience.

The formation decree shall be issued by Egypt's president based on the decision of the majority of members of the Parliament within three months from the date of promulgation of the law.

In December, Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi allocated LE 80 million ($4.46 million) of the Tahya Misr Fund in support of people with special needs.

The president made the announcement while attending a celebration marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. "People with special needs in Egypt represent 9-10 percent of the total population", Sisi said.

In July 2018, President Sisi announced establishing a technical center for services for disabled persons, to be the first of its kind in Africa. The center will enable people with hearing or speech related disability to use technology to communicate through mobile phones.

During the inauguration of the seventh International Conference on Information Technology Convergence and Services for People with Disabilities (ICT4PwDs), Sisi also announced establishing an initiative that aims to enable disabled people to get services and information introduced by online websites of governmental institutions.

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<![CDATA[In Pics: Egyptians flock to vote on last day of referendum on constitutional amendments]]>CAIRO – 22 April 2019: Long queues of voters have been witnessed outside polling stations early Monday, as the third and last day of the referendum on the constitutional amendments kicked off.

High turnout of elderly, youth and women was recorded during the past two days.

The referendum on constitutional amendments is held on April 20-22 domestically, and April 19-21 abroad. A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments.

The voting process has concluded abroad on Sunday, and embassies have embarked in the voting count procedures.


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The Parliament passed a draft on Tuesday to amend and add 25 articles to the constitution. Those are mainly on the length of presidential terms, introduction of a senate, quotas in the House of Representatives, the selection mechanisms of courts presidents, and the role of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

The electoral database includes 61, 344, 503 citizens. Of which, 30,446,134 are women.
The number of polling places is 10,878. The voting process is observed by 15,324 judges, who are actually present in the polling places, and administered by 120,000 employees.


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4/22/2019 11:08:10 AM
<![CDATA[Cabinet's operations room continues following up constitutional referendum nationwide]]>
Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli is communicating around the clock with governors via video-conference to ensure the provision of all logistical support during the three-day voting process, which started at 9:00 am on Saturday and wraps up at 9:00 pm on Monday.

The main operations room includes representatives from all bodies concerned. It is equipped with the latest communication devices.]]>
4/22/2019 10:41:36 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s NEA denies extending referendum on constitutional amendments for 4th day]]>
Deputy head and spokesperson of the National Elections Authority Mahmoud el-Sherif stated that the rumors spread on social media are meant to negatively "affect the voters and undermine their determination to participate in the referendum...especially after the world has witnessed the large turnout by the Egyptians to vote."

Sherif called on citizens to head to polling stations Monday to practice their constitutional right and national duty.

The third and last day of the referendum on a set of proposed constitutional amendments in Egypt kicked off Monday, while the process has concluded abroad on Sunday. Embassies and consulates have embarked in the vote count procedures.

The referendum nationwide is held under full judicial supervision with the participation of 19,339 judges.

Various civil society organizations, local and international media outlets are following up the three-day referendum.

The referendum includes voting on amending 12 articles of the Constitution.

Resident Egyptians are invited to vote on April 20 - 22. The parliament passed a draft to amend and add 25 articles to the constitution. Those are mainly on the length of presidential terms, introduction of a senate, quotas in the House of Representatives, the selection mechanisms of courts presidents, and the role of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

The electoral database includes 61, 344, 503 citizens. Of which, 30,446,134 are women. The number of polling places is 10,878. The voting process is observed by 15,324 judges, who are actually present in the polling places, and administered by 120,000 employees. ]]>
4/22/2019 10:37:10 AM
<![CDATA[Outlawed Muslim Brotherhood tries to distort Egypt's referendum]]>
However, the photos have been confirmed to date back to June 2018, where the army distributed foodstuffs to poor citizens in El-Mahalla governorate.

Another distortion attempt was the photos of foodstuffs boxes with the logo of Nation's Future Party on them. The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood electronic committees circulated the photos claiming that the party is giving away the foodstuffs as a bribe to encourage citizens into voting.

The photos date back to January 2019 part of a charity campaign in Marsa Matruh governorate, the campaign was organized by the party’s officials to aid disadvantaged families.]]>
4/21/2019 10:19:45 PM
<![CDATA[ACHPR Sharm El-Sheikh's forum discusses detention, combating torture]]>CAIRO – 21 April 2019: The non-governmental forum of the African Commission on Human Rights has been held for the second day in Sharm El-Sheikh, where it has discussed several issues including detention, combating torture and ill-treatment.

The forum comes as part of the activities of the 64th edition of the committee. It also addresses preserving the freedom of expression and access to information.

Furthermore, the forum is set to discuss the crises of displacement and immigration, activating the economic and social rights, protecting the minorities and promoting cultural freedoms.

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Over 120 participants from 70 Egyptian, African and international organizations are participating in the forum.

The organizations include the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, the Arab Organization for Human Rights, the African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Federation for Human Rights.

The forum will conclude on April 22 and includes a number of discussions regarding women and children in need, as well as implementing the standards of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

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The forum was inaugurated by Ambassador Yusuf Zadeh, representative of the Egyptian Foreign Minister; head of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), Hannah Forster; the executive director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) and Alaa Shalaby, president of the Arab Organization for Human Rights.

Moreover, the forum focused on the importance of the role played by the civil society in boosting and enriching human rights in Africa, as well as a number of main issues related to the democratic transaction in several countries including Algeria and Sudan.

The organization is taking part at the forum with a team of renowned law professors and figures, including Hafez Abu Saeda, Ahmed Hamza, and Heidi Ali Al-Tayeb.

The organization and its partners are also organizing a number of activities on the sidelines of the committee.

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4/21/2019 6:33:33 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: 2nd day of referendum on constitutional amendments]]>
Below are photos of voters on the second day of the referendum domestically.

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The referendum on constitutional amendments is held on April 20-22 domestically, and April 19-21 abroad.

The Parliament passed a draft on Tuesday to amend and add 25 articles to the constitution. Those are mainly on the length of presidential terms, introduction of a senate, quotas in the House of Representatives, the selection mechanisms of courts presidents, and the role of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

The electoral database includes 61, 344, 503 citizens. Of which, 30,446,134 are women. The number of polling places is 10,878. The voting process is observed by 15,324 judges, who are actually present in the polling places, and administered by 120,000 employees. ]]>
4/21/2019 5:04:21 PM
<![CDATA[Youth noticed in a number of polling places in referendum ]]>
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Youth standing in a queue at a polling place in Heliopolis, Cairo. April 21, 2019.

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Youth standing in a queue at a polling place in Zamalek, Cairo. April 21, 2019.

Queues having a remarkable number of youth were noticed in Greater Cairo’s Al Salam, 6th of October City, Zamalek, and Heliopolis. As for governorates, young voters were present in Port Said, Fayoum, and Aswan.

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Youth standing in a queue at a polling place in Port Said. April 21, 2019.

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Youth standing in a queue at a polling place in Port Said. April 21, 2019.

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Youth standing in a queue at a polling place in Fayoum. April 21, 2019.

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Youth standing in a queue at a polling place in Aswan. April 21, 2019.


Also, a number of Egyptian students showed up at the embassy in Moscow to vote on Saturday and Sunday.

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Youth standing in a queue at a polling place in Moscow, Russia. April 21, 2019.

The Parliament passed a draft to amend and add 25 articles to the constitution. Those are mainly on the length of presidential terms, introduction of a senate, quotas in the House of Representatives, the selection mechanisms of courts presidents, and the role of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

The electoral database includes 61, 344, 503 citizens. Of which, 30,446,134 are women. The number of polling places is 10,878. The voting process is observed by 15,324 judges, who are actually present in the polling places, and administered by 120,000 employees.
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4/21/2019 3:53:51 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's PM urges opening BanqueMisr branch in Somalia ]]>
Banque Misr is an Egyptian bank founded by industrialist Talaat Harb in 1920.

This came during a Sunday meeting in Cairo with Somali Foreign Minister Ahmed Isse Awad, Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Ambassador Abu BakrHefny, and Somalia's Ambassador to Egypt Abdul Ghani Mohamed Waeis.

The Egyptian prime minister affirmed Egypt's assistance to the Somali government, and highlighted the efforts aiming at achieving progress, and boosting security and stability across Somalia, Nader Saad, Egyptian Cabinet's spokesman said.

Madbouli also expressed readiness to meet the needs of the Somali government regarding technical support, training and scholarships, in order to help Somali cadres who are capable of building their state to graduate.

Moreover, Madbouli underscored the need to work to increase the volume of trade exchange between the two countries, especially through taking advantage of the livestock Somalia enjoys, and increasing Egypt's imports of meat, the spokesman said.

For his part, the Somali foreign minister affirmed his country's appreciation of its historic relations with Egypt, noting that Egypt has always supported Somali people throughout history.

Awad said that Egyptians have sacrificed for the independence of Somalia.


The Somali minister praised the prime minister's remarks about Egypt's readiness to enhance support to the Somali people to achieve development, lauding the growing keenness of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on strengthening cooperation with Somalia over the past few years.

Awad affirmed that his country prioritizes cooperation with Egypt, and is working to strengthen cooperation between the business sectors of both countries, according to the spokesman. The minister added that Somalia relies on Egypt's support for Somalia in international forums.
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4/21/2019 3:51:34 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi calls for international anti-terror action]]>
In a statement on Sunday, the president strongly denounced the heinous terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka and expressed condolences to the families of the victims and the injured.

Black terrorism is a bleeding wound to humanity and has repeatedly taken lightly the sanctity of the lives of humans by killing people inside houses of prayer and elsewhere and intimidating everyone around the globe, he said.

Such terror is driven by poisonous intellect and deep hatred of civilization, progress and prosperity, he added.]]>
4/21/2019 2:25:10 PM
<![CDATA[Voters in Badr City form 'longest' queue on referendum's 2nd day]]>
It is reportedly the longest queue seen so far on the second day of the referendum.



Nationwide, TV channels showed queues of voters at some polling stations waiting before the doors were opened and they were allowed in to cast their ballots by either agree or disagree totheproposed constitutional amendments passed by the Parliament Tuesday.

Cairo has seen a relatively high turnout of voters so far, and so has the Giza governorate.

Also, residents of Alexandria, Minya, Qena, Menoufia, Matrouh and Beheira governoratesflocked on Saturday morningto polling stations to cast their votes in the referendum on constitutional amendments.

The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.

The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General, Egypt's top prosecutor from some nominees. He would also appoint one third of the members of the Shura Council, which was revived, this time under the name "The Senate."
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4/21/2019 2:15:17 PM
<![CDATA[Expat affairs ministry follows up voting in constitutional referendum]]>
The operations room has monitored the flow of voters into the premises of the Egyptian diplomatic missions in countries across the world to cast their ballots on the third and last day of the voting process for expats.

It has dedicated phone numbers and an email address for any possible complaints or inquiries.

The voting has been held at 140 polling stations in 124 countries.]]>
4/21/2019 1:28:57 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi condemns Sri Lanka blasts]]>
Also, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the Sri Lanka bombings that targeted three churches and three hotels, killing more than 100 people and injuring hundreds, according to a statement issued by the ministry Sunday.

Egypt expressed sincere condolences to the families of the victims, wishing the injured a speedy recovery and stressing the Egyptian government and people's solidarity with the government and people of Sri Lanka in their grief.

The Egyptian government stressed that these despicable acts that target innocent people and places of worship will not succeed in achieving their goals, affirming their confidence in Sri Lanka's ability to overcome the crisis, the statement added.
It is worth mentioning that the Catholic Church in Egypt condemned the blasts.

Also, Egypt's Mufti Shawqi Allam strongly condemned the bombings witnessed across Sri Lanka. Allam said that targeting places of worship, shedding the blood of the innocent and defenseless people and spreading hatred and fomenting sedition among people of the same nation are abhorrent acts that are prohibited by all religions.
He called on Sri Lankan nationals to cooperate with security bodies to reveal those behind these terrorist attacks.
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4/21/2019 1:09:54 PM
<![CDATA[Int’l observers follow up public referendum’s 1st day]]>
About 59 observers from Greece, Uganda, and Lebanon followed up the referendum in 14 different governorates; in addition to other observers affiliated to Egypt’s Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights.

The observers wrote down some of their notes on Maat official Facebook page, affirming that they didn’t detect any breaches during the first day. Most of the comments were regular observations that took place during the voting process.

“Dozens of imams in Kafr El-Sheikh dressed in their uniform (the aunt and kaftan) led a march to participate in the referendum on the constitutional amendments. This march was launched by the Ministry of Awqaf and led by Sheikh Saad al-Faki,deputy minister of the province. Imams also met the international delegation observing the referendum.

The imams said: the Constitution is neither a Quranic text nor a prophetic talk and was formulated in exceptional circumstances; therefore, making amendments is an ordinary step,”Maat wrote on its official Facebook page Saturday.

A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments.

Egyptian expatriates started, Friday a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide. Locally, Egyptians started on Saturday, April 20.

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4/21/2019 1:01:14 PM
<![CDATA[Ideal mother votes in favor of constitutional amendments]]>
Khaled asserted that women gained unprecedented achievements in President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s era,stressing that Egyptian women regained all their stolen rights in Sisi’s era, especially that the new constitutional amendments will offer one fourth of Parliaments seats to women.

“All Egyptian women have to support Sisi in his war against terrorism, uniting to continue the journey of stability and development.Thus,we all have to vote in favor of the constitutional amendments,” Khaled said in an exclusive statement to Egypt Today.
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4/21/2019 12:58:52 PM
<![CDATA[Attorney general casts ballot in referendum on constitutional amendments]]>
Polling stations nationwide started receiving voters on the second day of the referendum at 9 a.m.

“The referendum on constitutional amendments will be completely supervised by the judiciary,” said Judge Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority, at a press conference held at the headquarters of the State Information Service in Cairo’s Nasr City. "There will be a judge at every ballot box. The media and civil society will be able to follow the process," he stressed.
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4/21/2019 12:56:45 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Bombs kill 138 in Easter Day attacks on Sri Lankan churches, hotels]]>
More than 50 people were killed in St. Sebastian’s gothic-style Catholic church in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, a police official told Reuters, with pictures showing bodies on the ground, blood on the pews and a destroyed roof.

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Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on an evangelical church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.

The three hotels hit were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo and the Cinnamon Grand Colombo. It was unclear whether there were any casualties in the hotels.

Nine foreigners were among the dead, the officials said.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks in a country which was at war for decades with Tamil separatists until 2009 during which bomb blasts in the capital were common.

Christian groups say they have faced increasing intimidation from some extremist Buddhist monks in recent years. And last year, there were clashes between the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community and minority Muslims, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of forcing people to convert to Islam.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a national security council meeting at his home for later in the day.

“I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong,” he said in a Tweet.

“Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation.”

President Maithripala Sirisena said he had ordered the police special task force and military to investigate who was behind the attacks and their agenda.

The military had been deployed, according to a military spokesman, and security stepped up at Colombo’s international airport.

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One of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Shrine, a Catholic Church in Kochcikade, Colombo, which is a tourist landmark.

St. Sebastian’s posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.

Last year, there were 86 verified incidents of discrimination, threats and violence against Christians, according to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), which represents more than 200 churches and other Christian organizations.

This year, the NCEASL recorded 26 such incidents, including one in which Buddhist monks allegedly attempted to disrupt a Sunday worship service, with the last one reported on March 25.

Out of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 percent are Buddhist, 12.6 percent Hindu, 9.7 percent Muslim and 7.6 percent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 census.

In its 2018 report on Sri Lanka’s human rights, the U.S. State Department noted that some Christian groups and churches reported they had been pressured to end worship meetings after authorities classified them as “unauthorized gatherings”.

The report also said Buddhist monks regularly tried to close down Christian and Muslim places of worship, citing unidentified sources.

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, told local TV that the public should remain calm and asked authorities to bring those responsible for the attacks before the law. He also requested the public donate blood for the injured.

Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam announced that all schools would be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Day after his death on the cross.

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4/21/2019 12:00:33 PM
<![CDATA[Four killed as attack on Saudi police station foiled: Al Arabiya]]>
The police station is in Zulfi, around 250 km north of the capital Riyadh.]]>
4/21/2019 11:58:44 AM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros leads Palm Sunday Mass at Saint Pishoy Monastery]]>
A host of priests and bishops were present.

The Palm Sunday, celebrated by all Egyptian churches in and outside Egypt, falls on the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem]]>
4/21/2019 11:28:41 AM
<![CDATA[Azhar graduates organization decries Sri Lanka blasts]]>
In a statement, the body asserted that targeting innocents, whatever their faiths, is prohibited in Islam.

It also reiterated that all religions call for protecting and respecting places of worships.

It expressed condolences to the victims' families and friends and wished speedy recovery for the injured.

More than 120 people, including nine tourists, have been killed on Sunday after explosions ripped through three five-star hotels and three churches in Sri Lanka, The Sun reported.

About 450 others are said to be injured after blasts at the luxury hotels and churches in Colombo, in horrifying Easter Sunday attacks.

Two of the blasts are thought to have been carried out by suicide bombers, according to an anonymous official.

Hotels frequented by tourists, the luxury Shangri-La Hotel, Cinnamon Grand and The Kingsbury Colombo, were also targeted in the deadly series of attacks.

Stunned witnesses reported seeing injured people being carried out from the rubble of the hotels this morning.]]>
4/21/2019 11:09:40 AM
<![CDATA[S.Sinai governor, Belarus ambassador meet on delegation visit]]>
Led by Minsk deputy governor, the delegation is set to visit archaeological sites in the Red Sea resort city of Sharm El Sheikh. ]]>
4/21/2019 11:06:46 AM
<![CDATA[Armed Forces secure nearly 11K polling stations nationwide: Military spox]]>
He detailed in a statement that the plan has been implemented in full coordination and cooperation with the Ministry of Interior under directive of Minister of Defense.

El Refai said police and military personnel were deployed to provide security inside and outside the polling stations and sub-committees.

He added that the armed forces have taken all security and medical measures and arrangements to facilitate the voting process, which lasts until Monday.]]>
4/21/2019 10:59:35 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Abbas to hold talks on Palestinian issue Sunday]]>
According to the Palestinian Ambassador in Cairo Diab al-Louh, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will participate in the Extraordinary Session of the Council of the Arab League at the ministerial level that will be held on Sunday April 21.

Louh added that Palestinian President will also brief the Arab foreign ministers on the latest developments in the Palestinian situation.]]>
4/21/2019 10:43:24 AM
<![CDATA[Second day of referendum on constitutional amendments kicks off in Egypt]]>
The referendum is held under full judicial supervision with the participation of 19,339 judges.

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Egyptian voters cast ballot on the second day of referendum in Sayeda Zeinab and Gamaleya districts, Cairo - Amr Mostafa/Egypt Today

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Egyptian voters cast ballot on the second day of referendum in Sayeda Zeinab and Gamaleya districts, Cairo - Amr Mostafa/Egypt Today

Various civil society organizations, local and international media outlets are following up the three-day referendum.

The referendum includes voting on amending 12 articles of the Constitution.

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Egyptian voters cast ballot on the second day of referendum in Sayeda Zeinab and Gamaleya districts, Cairo - Amr Mostafa/Egypt Today

Resident Egyptians are invited to vote on April 20 - 22. The parliament passed a draft to amend and add 25 articles to the constitution. Those are mainly on the length of presidential terms, introduction of a senate, quotas in the House of Representatives, the selection mechanisms of courts presidents, and the role of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

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Egyptian voters cast ballot on the second day of referendum in Sayeda Zeinab and Gamaleya districts, Cairo - Amr Mostafa/Egypt Today

The electoral database includes 61, 344, 503 citizens. Of which, 30,446,134 are women. The number of polling places is 10,878. The voting process is observed by 15,324 judges, who are actually present in the polling places, and administered by 120,000 employees.

MENA contributed to this report ]]>
4/21/2019 10:11:01 AM
<![CDATA[LIVE UPDATE: Voting in referendum continues at home, concludes abroad ]]>
Voting for expats is held on April 19 - 21 in 140 polling places located in 124 countries where members of the Egyptian communities can cast their ballots between 9:00 and 21:00 in each country’s local time.

Expat voters need to bring a valid Egyptian passport or an Egyptian national ID whether valid or expired as stated by the rules set by the National Elections Authority (NEA).

Resident Egyptians are invited to vote on April 20 - 22. The parliament passed a draft to amend and add 25 articles to the constitution. Those are mainly on the length of presidential terms, introduction of a senate, quotas in the House of Representatives, the selection mechanisms of courts presidents, and the role of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

The electoral database includes 61, 344, 503 citizens. Of which, 30,446,134 are women. The number of polling places is 10,878. The voting process is observed by 15,324 judges, who are actually present in the polling places, and administered by 120,000 employees.




Here is the live update on the referendum process:



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Remarkable participation by youth expats in Germany.

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Referendum ends in China, Malaysia and Philippine.



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Serriya Hassan Sorour, a 105-year-old woman participated in the referendum on the constitutional amendments in her home village in Qalubiya governorate on the second voting day.

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Serriya Hassan Sorour, a 105-year-old woman participated in the referendum on the constitutional amendments in her home village in Qalubiya governorate on the second voting day - Egypt Today

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Serriya Hassan Sorour, a 105-year-old woman participated in the referendum on the constitutional amendments in her home village in Qalubiya governorate on the second voting day - Egypt Today


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Referendum wrapped up in Australia

The Egyptian embassy in Australia's capital Canberra, and the consulates in Sydney and Melbourne have started vote count process after the referendum on the constitutional amendment after the voting process concluded on the third and last day.

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Polling stations in New Zealand close, vote count starts

New Zealand was the first country to close polling stations in the 2019 Egyptian referendum abroad. It was reported that the vote count process kicked off.

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Armed Forces secure 11K polling stations nationwide

Military Spokesman Tamer El Refai said Saturday that the plan of Armed Forces aimed to provide security for 10,878 polling stations during the referendum on the constitutional amendments nationwide.

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Armed forces securing polling stations in 2019 referendum - Amr Mostafa/Egypt Today




9:00 a.m.

Second day kicks off at home

Several polling stations opened doors to queues of voters to cast the ballot on the second day of the referendum.

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Egyptian voters cast ballot on second day of referendum in polling stations in Haram, Giza - Hassan Mohamed/Egypt Today


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Women voters heading to polling stations on second day of referendum in Egypt - Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today


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Egyptians head to polling stations in Nasr city, Giza on second day of referendum - Ashraf Fawzy/Egypt Today

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Egyptians head to polling stations in Nasr city, Giza on second day of referendum - Ashraf Fawzy/Egypt Today

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Egyptians head to polling stations in Nasr city, Giza on second day of referendum - Ashraf Fawzy/Egypt Today




Several Egyptian embassies, consulates open door for 3rd day

The third and last voting day in the referendum abroad kicks off in many countries give different time zones, with the doors are set to open for voters at 9 a.m. everywhere.

Embassies in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France, Belgium, Baghdad, Kuwait, China and Riyadh started to receive Egyptian nationals to cast their vote in the referendum.

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Egyptians abroad vote in referendum on the third day - Egypt Today

Commenting on the process over the course of three days, Egyptian Ambassador in Canberra, Australia told Egypt Today that the turnout of voters is going smoothly in three different polling stations in the country including also: Sydney and Melbourne. He further cited the joyful atmosphere dominated the voting process.




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Egyptians in Australia vote in referendum on the third day - Egypt Today


Egyptian expats keen on taking part in referendum

Egypt's Ambassador to New Zealand Tarek el Wessemy confirmed the eagerness of the Egyptian community in Wellington to cast their votes throughout the three days of the constitutional referendum, MENA reported Sunday.

In statements to Extra News channel, the ambassador highlighted the political awareness of the Egyptian community, describing expats as fully conscious of the circumstances of the current stage.

Ambassador Wessemy further hailed the continued communication among the Immigration Ministry and the Egyptian communities abroad. ]]>
4/21/2019 9:41:47 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's polling stations close doors on 1st day of referendum]]>
A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments.

On Saturday, a number of consulates have also opened their doors to continue the three-day referendum process abroad, which kicked off on Friday. The first embassies to open was in New Zealand and Australia.

Egyptian nationals in China have also started flocking to the Egyptian embassy in Beijing for the second day of the referendum. The first day of voting has reportedly seen many Egyptians at the polling stations abroad.

Egyptian expatriates started three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.

“The referendum on constitutional amendments will be completely supervised by the judiciary,” said Judge Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority, at a press conference held at the headquarters of the State Information Service in Cairo’s Nasser City district. “There will be a judge at every ballot box. The media and civil society will be able to follow the process.

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4/20/2019 9:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry votes on constitutional amendments in 5th settlement]]>
NEA has previously stated that 61,344,503 citizens have the right to vote through 13,919 polling subcommittees, over 1500 judges would supervise the process during the three voting-days. polling stations in Egypt and abroad open their doors at 9:00 am till 9:00 pm.

The Egyptian parliament spent two months discussing the constitutional amendments before finally approving last week on the proposal made by the parliament's legislative committee.
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4/20/2019 7:53:41 PM
<![CDATA[NEA refutes electronic voting rumors]]>



NEA has previously stated that 61,344,503 citizens have the right to vote through 13,919 polling subcommittees, over 1500 judges would supervise the process during the three voting-days. polling stations in Egypt and abroad open their doors at 9:00 am till 9:00 pm.

The Egyptian parliament spent two months discussing the constitutional amendments before finally approving last week on the proposal made by the parliament's legislative committee.
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4/20/2019 7:28:30 PM
<![CDATA[WRAP-UP: Egyptian masses begin voting in constitutional amendments referendum]]>
TV channels showed queues of voters at some polling stations waiting minutes before the doors were opened and they were allowed in to cast their ballot by either agree or disagree on a set of proposed constitutional amendments passed by the parliament Tuesday.

A number of societal dialogues were held over the past weeks attended by various segments and experts in the country, to discuss the amendments ahead of a plenary session at the House of Representatives, where parliamentarians voted for passing them.

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Queues of voters lined up outside polling stations in Giza to vote in referendum - Photo by Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today

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Queues of voters lined up outside polling stations in Giza to vote in referendum - Photo by Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today



Security measures beefed up



Armed Forces and the Ministry of Interior have beefed up security measures in the streets, around vital facilities and at schools assigned to host referendum process across the country, as Egyptians started the first voting day on Saturday.

The armed forces have ensured all forces participating in security measures are aware of the tasks assigned to them to protect and secure citizens heading to polling stations, and to confront any threats that might encounter the voters during the referendum process.

The armed forces is expected to release statements detailing the way the forces secure polling stations in coordination with police forces, and all measures taken in this regard. surveillance aircrafts and vehicles supported with live streaming techniques are used to provide a live update on the referendum, and to report any problem spotted during the voting process to the main military operation chamber in order to solve it.

The first day of the referendum kicked off in Egypt, where polling stations across governorates have opened their doors at 9 a.m., and will close at 9 p.m. for three consecutive days.

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President Sisi casts vote



President Abdel Fatal al-Sisi has cast his vote Saturday in the referendum on a set of proposed constitutional amendments on the first voting day in Egypt.

TV channels broadcast President Sisi while he was casting the ballot at the El-Shaheed Yousry Emara School in Heliopolis, Cairo. The polling stations across Egypt are set to open at 9 a.m., where queues of voters are allowed to cast their ballots.
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President Abdel Fatal al-Sisi has cast his vote Saturday in the referendum on a set of proposed constitutional amendments on the first voting day in Egypt - TV Screenshot
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President Abdel Fatal al-Sisi has cast his vote Saturday in the referendum on a set of proposed constitutional amendments on the first voting day in Egypt - TV Screenshot


First Lady Intissar al-Sisi casts ballot in constitutional amendments



First Lady Intissar al-Sisi on Saturday cast her ballot in the new constitutional amendments in El-Shaheed Yousry Emara School in Heliopolis.

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High women turnout in referendum



A few hours into voting on the constitutional amendments, it is clear that Egyptian women are the highest turnout so far. Women from all over Egypt have gone to submit their votes in the referendum.

It seems that, as always, women are taking the lead in securing the future of the country by putting their opinion forward, and saying what they believe.

Women in Alexandria have gone out in especially high numbers.

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Pope Tawadros casts ballot



Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese cast his ballot in the referendum on the constitutional amendments in Cairo's El Waily district.

In a statement after voting, the pontiff expressed his pleasure over participating in the referendum, saying that the amendments were carefully considered by the parliament.

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The pontiff described participation in the referendum as a citizenship right.

He called on citizens to participate in the referendum and express their opinions in full freedom, confirming that voting on the constitutional amendments is a national duty.


NEA: Referendum on constitutional amendments goes on regularly



Deputy Chairman of the National Election Authority (NEA) Mahmoud El-Sherif said that the workflow at all polling stations of the referendum on constitutional amendments is going on regularly.

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Sherif, who is also the NEA's spokesman, said that the polling stations abroad resumed work on Saturday morning at 9 am according to the local time of each country, adding that 140 diplomatic missions in 124 countries are overseeing the voting process.

The NEA has not received any complaints nationwide on the referendum process, Sherif noted, stressing that voting inside the country is going on in a regular manner.



Egypt ministers vote in constitutional amendments referendum



Egyptian ministers were keen to participate in forming up that piece of Egypt's history by casting their ballots in the constitutional amendment referendum.

Egypt ministers vote in constitutional amendments referendum

CAIRO - 20 April 2019: As the first day for resident Egyptians to vote in referendum on draft constitutional amendments kicked off on Saturday, Egyptian ministers were keen to participate in forming up that piece of Egypt's history by casting their ballots in the constitutional amendment referendum.






NCW head votes on constitutional amendments



Maya Morsy, head of the National Council for Women (NCW) cast her ballot in a referendum on a set of proposed constitutional amendments, in a polling station in Giza's Dokki district.

Morsy called on Egyptian women to take part in the referendum.

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Arab League praises referendum on constitutional amendments



The League of Arab States Secretary General, Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, praised the progress of the referendum on amendments of some articles of the Egyptian constitution, according to a statement issued by the Arab League Saturday.

This came during Ghazaleh's inspection of a number of polling stations in Cairo's district of Zamalek in order to follow up the voting process.

According to a statement, Ghazaleh said that the voting process began smoothly in the polling stations despite the delay in some places, adding that the voters asserted that the referendum's logistics were available.

The voters highlighted also the key role played by the army and police personnel in securing the voting process, she added. ]]>
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<![CDATA[NEA: Referendum on constitutional amendments goes on regularly]]>
Sherif, who is also the NEA's spokesman, said that the polling stations abroad resumed work on Saturday morning at 9 am according to the local time of each country, adding that 140 diplomatic missions in 124 countries are overseeing the voting process.

The NEA has not received any complaints nationwide on the referendum process, Sherif noted, stressing that voting inside the country is going on in a regular manner.]]>
4/20/2019 4:57:11 PM
<![CDATA[Non-gov’t forum of African Commission on Human Rights inaugurated in Sharm El-Sheikh]]>th edition of the committee in Sharm Al-Sheikh.

The forum will conclude in three days until April 22 and includes a number of discussions regarding immigration, displacement, women and children in need, as well as implementing the standards of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

The forum will be held in partnership between the African commission, the African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies, the National Council for Human Rights in Morocco and the Arab Organization for Human Rights.

The forum was inaugurated by Ambassador Yusuf Zadeh, representative of the Egyptian Foreign Minister; head of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), Hannah Forster is the Executive Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) and Alaa Shalaby, president of the Arab Organization for Human Rights.

Moreover, the forum focused on the importance of the role played by the civil society in boosting and enriching human rights in Africa, as well as a number of main issues related to the democratic transaction in several countries including Algeria and Sudan.

The organization is taking part at the forum with a team of renowned law professors and figures, including Hafez Abu Saeda, Ahmed Hamza, Heidi Ali Al-Tayeb, Elsma A

The organization and its partners are also organizing a number of activities on the sideline of the committee.
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4/20/2019 4:54:03 PM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Egyptians in Milan vote on constitutional amendments for 2nd day]]>
Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.

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Egyptian nationals in Milan, Italy, headed to the Egyptian Embassy to cast their ballots for the second day on the new amendments to the Egyptian Constitution - Egypt Today/ Hossam El-Din Mohamed

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Egyptian nationals in Milan, Italy, headed to the Egyptian Embassy to cast their ballots for the second day on the new amendments to the Egyptian Constitution - Egypt Today/ Hossam El-Din Mohamed

Polls will be open Saturday through Monday with 55 million Egyptians eligible to vote on the new amendments, which would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate vice president post.

Egypt’s Ministry of Migration dedicated hotlines for Egyptian expatriates to receive any complaints or questions related to the three-day public referendum.

Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593.

They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Egypt ministers vote in constitutional amendments referendum ]]>
Polls opened Saturday through Monday with 61 million Egyptians eligible to vote on the new amendments, which would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate vice president post.

TV channels showed queues of voters at some polling stations waiting minutes before the doors were opened and they were allowed in to cast their ballot by either agree or disagree on a set of proposed constitutional amendments passed by the parliament Tuesday.

Minister of Education and Technical Education Tarek Shawki has cast his ballot in Al Monira School located in Cairo’s downtown.

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Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram has cast her ballot in the British School located in Rehab City.

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Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr has cast her ballot in Misr Al Guadida School for Girls located in Misr Al Guadida.

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Minister of Industry and Trade Amr Nassar has cast his ballot in Koleyat Al Tarbeya School in Dokki.

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Minister of Housing, Facilities, and Urban Communities Assem Al Gazzar has cast his ballot in Al Moqatam Official Language School located in Al Moqatam.

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Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat has cast his ballot in a polling place in Sheikh Zayed.

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Minister of Finance Mohamed Maeit has cast his ballot in Khaled Ibn Al Waleed School located in 6th of October City.

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Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel Ghaffar has cast his ballot in the youth center of New Cairo’s First Settlement.

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Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy has cast his ballot in Al Horreya School located in Misr al-Gadida.

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Minister of Endowments Mokhtar Gomaa has cast his ballot in Al Shaheed Pilot Mohamed Gamal located in Al Manyal.

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Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed has cast her ballot in Mostafa Kamel School located in Sheraton Residences. The minister urged Egyptians to vote stressing that their participation is a national duty.

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Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayed has cast her ballot in Abou Bakr Al Sediq School located in Sheikh Zayed. The minister called for Egyptians to exercise their right of voting.

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Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Mohamed Abdel Aty has cast his ballot in Al Canal School located in Maadi.

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Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed al-Assar has cast his ballot in Siza El Nabarawy School in New Cairo’s Fifth Settlement.

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Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has cast his ballot in polling place in Sheikh Zayed.

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<![CDATA[NCW head votes on constitutional amendments, urges women to participate]]>
Morsy called on Egyptian women to take part in the referendum.

The Parliament earlier approved the amendments which include guaranteeing women at least 25 percent of the seats (at least 112 seats) of the House of Representatives.

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Women voting in the referendum on April 20, 2019

Since the establishment of the Egyptian House, the number of women parliamentarians has never reached such percentage.

One year after Egyptian women were granted the right to vote in 1956, Rawia Atiya and Amina Shoukri became the first two women parliamentarians in Egypt's history. The women's quota has then increased over years to reach about 15 percent in the current 2015 parliament.

Also, in 1962, late President Gamal Abdel Nasser appointed Hikmat Abu Zeid as minister for social affairs, to be the first minister in the country's modern history. The Social Solidarity Ministry is currently chaired by Ghada Wali, who has remained in her post for three consecutive cabinets.

For the first time in Egypt, eight women have got ministerial portfolios, including ministers of investment, environment, tourism, health, planning, immigration and culture.

In December, Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram said that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will attach special importance to women's role in Africa after assuming the African Union (AU) presidency in 2019.

Moreover, Hala Zayed, who has served as health minister since June 2018, said that for five years the ministry has adopted many programs and policies to improve women's health, asserting that women represent 50 percent of the employees in the headquarters of the Ministry of Health.

Zayed said that 30 percent of the vital ministries in Egypt are headed by women, as many women in the country have the expertise that qualify them for leadership positions, in light of the political leadership's keenness to support and empower women in all fields.

She added that Egyptian women nowadays are breadwinners for about 35 percent of the Egyptian families.

Niven al-Misiri, CEO and managing director of Ahli United Bank-Egypt, said that Egypt is working to implement the United Nations guidelines to achieve justice for women in all its institutions.]]>
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<![CDATA[Sisi greets Armenian Catholic Church on Easter]]>
Sisi delegated presidential secretary Hossam Zaatar to extend Easter greetings and attend a celebration held by the church on the occasion. ]]>
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<![CDATA[Longest voting queue in New Administrative Capital polling station]]>


The National Elections Committee has previously stated that the number of general committees to vote for Egyptians inside is 368 committees, which include 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 sub-committees, stressing that it is important for those eligible to vote to do so, noting that there will be a LE 500 fine for those who do not vote.

Lashin Ibrahim, Head of the National Electoral Commission and Vice-President of the Court of Cassation, called on voters whose names are registered in the voters' database to participate in the constitutional referendum. The elections will take place outside Egypt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-21, And on Monday, 20, 21 and 22 April.

Of those eligible to vote, 61,344,503 voters, 50.37% are men and 49.63% are women.

The referendum process is subject to full judicial supervision, with 19,339 judges (basic and reserve), of whom 15,324 are actual judges at the ballot box.
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4/20/2019 2:14:13 PM
<![CDATA[Arab League praises referendum process on constitutional amendments]]>
This came during Ghazaleh's inspection of a number of polling stations in Cairo's district of Zamalek in order to follow up the voting process.

According to a statement, Ghazaleh said that the voting process began smoothly in the polling stations despite the delay in some places, adding that the voters asserted that the referendum's logistics were available.

The voters highlighted also the key role played by the army and police personnel in securing the voting process, she added.

An Arab League team started Saturday its mission to follow up the voting process in the referendum on constitutional amendments, slated for April 20-22.

The team members, who are of 13 Arab nationalities, are tasked with assessing the conformity of the referendum procedures with the National Election Authority’s decisions in this regard.

An operations room affiliated with the Arab League will be in contact with the team members during the days of referendum. The room is set to release periodic reports about the following-up process.

The first day of the referendum kicked off in Egypt, where polling stations across governorates have opened their doors at 9 a.m., and will close at 9 p.m. for three consecutive days.

According to information announced by the NEA, the number of registered voters is 61,344,503; the number of male voters is slightly bigger that those of females. The voters can cast their votes in 13,919 polling subcommittees. Over 15,000 judges will supervise the voting process, according to information obtained by Egypt Today.

Head of the NEA Lasheen Ibrahim urged the citizens to accompany their children, enjoy their constitutional right, ignore the boycott calls, and cast their ballot in polling stations nationwide.
There will be a judge to supervise each of the ballot boxes, Ibrahim said, affirming that the NEA, the body charged with managing the electoral process, is keen to ensure the transparency of the voting process.

The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.

The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General from some nominees. He would also appoint one third of the members of the Shura Council, which was revived, this time under the name "The Senate."]]>
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<![CDATA[First Lady Intissar al-Sisi casts ballot in constitutional amendments]]>
Polls opened Saturday through Monday with 61 million Egyptians eligible to vote on the new amendments, which would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate vice president post.

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TV channels showed queues of voters at some polling stations waiting minutes before the doors were opened and they were allowed in to cast their ballot by either agree or disagree on a set of proposed constitutional amendments passed by the parliament Tuesday.

A number of societal dialogues were held over the past weeks attended by various segments and experts in the country, to discuss the amendments ahead of a plenary session at the House of Representatives, where parliamentarians voted for passing them.

On Saturday, a number of consulates have also opened their doors to continue the three-day referendum process abroad, which kicked off on Friday. The first embassies to open was in New Zealand and Australia.

Egyptian nationals in China have also started flocking to the Egyptian embassy in Beijing for the second day of referendum. The first day of voting has reportedly seen many Egyptians at the polling stations abroad.

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Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.

“The referendum on constitutional amendments will be completely supervised by the judiciary,” said Judge Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority, at a press conference held at the headquarters of the State Information Service in Cairo’s Nasser City district. “There will be a judge at every ballot box. The media and civil society will be able to follow the process.” ]]>
4/20/2019 2:05:05 PM
<![CDATA[Libyan army takes control of Tripoli airport's bridge]]>
Military commander al Mondher al Khartoush said in press statements Saturday that the forces are awaiting the start of the second phase of the battle to liberate Tripoli. ]]>
4/20/2019 2:02:43 PM
<![CDATA[Closed roads do not stop Egyptians from voting in Paris]]>
The roads around the embassy are, reportedly, closed, as a direct result of the protests of the Yellow Vest movement, who have left the country in despair. Despite this tragic fact, Egyptians took on the challenge and were adamant on going in high crowds, relative to other embassies, to vote in the referendum on the constitutional amendments.

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Egyptian expatriates allowed to vote within the country in any sub-committee

Mahmoud El-Sherif, Deputy Chairperson of the National Elections Commission and Official Spokesperson, said that expatriates can vote in any sub-committee on the referendum. He explained that through the national identification card or passport, individuals can vote in any polling station.

The spokesperson also said in a statement to the Middle East News Agency on Friday that the Authority has taken measures to facilitate citizens and to prevent the recurrence of the vote through the use of phosphorous ink, as well as review the final database of voters and take legal action against those who exceed the frequency of voting.

The voter database is available to be accessed through the Commission's website on electoral centers, subcommittees and lists, indicating that the database is constantly being updated.

He added that the number of general committees to vote for Egyptians inside is 368 committees, which include 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 sub-committees, stressing that it is important for those eligible to vote to do so, noting that there will be a LE 500 fine for those who do not vote.

Lashin Ibrahim, Head of the National Electoral Commission and Vice-President of the Court of Cassation, called on voters whose names are registered in the voters' database to participate in the constitutional referendum. The elections will take place outside Egypt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-21, And on Monday, 20, 21 and 22 April.

Of those eligible to vote, 61,344,503 voters, 50.37% are men and 49.63% are women.

The referendum process is subject to full judicial supervision, with 19,339 judges (basic and reserve), of whom 15,324 are actual judges at the ballot box.
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4/20/2019 1:59:37 PM
<![CDATA[Shouky to meet with his South Africa counterpart, US Senate intelligence Saturday]]>
The statement also reported that the minister will meet a member of the Senate intelligence committee, US Senator Ron Wyden at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

On 14 April, Shoukry and his South African counterpart reviewed issues of mutual concern and the latest developments in Africa during a phone call as part of joint coordination between Egypt and South Africa.

The two sides discussed the current situation in Libya in light of Egypt's central role in Africa.]]>
4/20/2019 12:53:04 PM
<![CDATA[Jihan Sadat casts ballot in constitutional amendments, urges women to participate]]>
During her phone in Ten Channel, Sadat urged women to take part in the referendum, saying that Egyptians should move to perform their national duty and participate in the referendum on the constitutional amendments, whether said no or yes, adding that boycotting is a betrayal.



The first day of the referendum kicked off in Egypt, where polling stations across governorates have opened their doors at 9 a.m., and will close at 9 p.m. for three consecutive days.

TV channels showed queues of voters at some polling stations waiting minutes before the doors were opened and they were allowed in to cast their ballot by either agree or disagree on a set of proposed constitutional amendments passed by the parliament Tuesday.

A number of societal dialogues were held over the past weeks attended by various segments and experts in the country, to discuss the amendments ahead of a plenary session at the House of Representatives, where parliamentarians voted for passing them.

A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments.]]>
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<![CDATA[In pics: Voters queuing outside polling stations in Giza Saturday]]>
In Imbaba district, Giza, a huge number of citizens flocked to the polling stations to vote on the constitutional amendments. A number of youth were seen helping elderly people to reach their polling stations.

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Some citizens also played national songs via loudspeakers in the streets, dancing to the music as they encourage more voters to come and cast their ballot.

A group of voters also used the local flute to add joyful atmosphere during the voting process outside polling stations in Nasr City.

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The first day of the referendum kicked off in Egypt, where polling stations across governorates have opened their doors at 9 a.m., and will close at 9 p.m. for three consecutive days.

According to information announced by the NEA, the number of registered voters is 61,344,503; the number of male voters is slightly bigger that those of females. The voters can cast their votes in 13,919 polling subcommittees. Over 15,000 judges will supervise the voting process, according to information obtained by Egypt Today.

Head of the NEA Lasheen Ibrahim urged the citizens to accompany their children, enjoy their constitutional right, ignore the boycott calls, and cast their ballot in polling stations nationwide.

There will be a judge to supervise each of the ballot boxes, Ibrahim said, affirming that the NEA, the body charged with managing the electoral process, is keen to ensure the transparency of the voting process.

The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.

The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General from some nominees. He would also appoint one third of the members of the Shura Council, which was revived, this time under the name "The Senate."
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4/20/2019 12:35:57 PM
<![CDATA[Workers’ Union head to the polling stations]]>
The union has taken this step to facilitate the voting process for its members, and to ensure that their voices are heard in the referendum.

There are 368 general committees, in addition to 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 sub-committees, stressing that it is important for those eligible to vote to do so, noting that there will be a LE 500 fine for those who do not vote.

Lashin Ibrahim, Head of the National Electoral Commission and Vice-President of the Court of Cassation, called on voters whose names are registered in the voters' database to participate in the constitutional referendum. The elections will take place outside Egypt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-21, And on Monday, 20, 21 and 22 April.

Of those eligible to vote, 61,344,503 voters, 50.37% are men and 49.63% are women.

The referendum process is subject to full judicial supervision, with 19,339 judges (basic and reserve), of whom 15,324 are actual judges at the ballot box.


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4/20/2019 12:30:41 PM
<![CDATA[High voter turnout in Sinai’s Sheikh Zoeid]]>
Citizens stood in queues, in an extremely organized manner, waiting for their turn to vote.

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4/20/2019 12:21:46 PM
<![CDATA[Salafist Nour votes in referendum, transfers citizens to polling stations]]>
"In addition to voting, we have a role represented in mobilizing citizens to attend and vote in the referendum on constitutional amendments through cars [provided by] the party," said Mohamed al-Sagheer, the secretary of the party in Aswan.

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Many members of the Islamist Salafist Al-Nour Party cast their vote - Egypt Today

Ahmed Khali, an MP of the party, earlier announced his party's rejection of the word "civil state" in one of the articles meant to be amended. However, the amendment was passed despite the party's objection. Subsequently, the party announced backing the amendments.

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4/20/2019 12:11:14 PM
<![CDATA[ Azhar Imam, Grand Mufti cast vote in referendum]]>
The participation in the democratic entitlements is a national duty for all Egyptians, Allam said following the vote. He also called on the Egyptians to exercise their right to vote, as it indicates their awareness.

Also, Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb voted inside a polling station of a school in Cairo's Heliopolis.

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Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb voted inside a polling station of a school in Cairo's Heliopolis

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Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb voted inside a polling station of a school in Cairo's Heliopolis

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of Saint Mark Diocese also cast his ballot in Cairo's El Waily district.

The first day of the referendum kicked off in Egypt, where polling stations across governorates have opened their doors at 9 a.m., and will close at 9 p.m. for three consecutive days.

TV channels showed queues of voters at some polling stations waiting minutes before the doors were opened and they were allowed in to cast their ballot by either agree or disagree on a set of proposed constitutional amendments passed by the parliament Tuesday.

A number of societal dialogues were held over the past weeks attended by various segments and experts in the country, to discuss the amendments ahead of a plenary session at the House of Representatives, where parliamentarians voted for passing them.

A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments.]]>
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<![CDATA[Adly Mansour casts his vote in referendum]]>
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Adly Mansour casts vote

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Adly Mansour casts vote

Mahmoud El-Sherif, Deputy Chairperson of the National Elections Commission and Official Spokesperson, said that those working in different governorates to which they are registered can vote in any sub-committee on the referendum. He explained that through the national identification card or passport, individuals can vote in any polling station.

The spokesperson also said in a statement to the Middle East News Agency on Friday that the Authority has taken measures to facilitate citizens and to prevent the recurrence of the vote through the use of phosphorous ink, as well as review the final database of voters and take legal action against those who exceed the frequency of voting.

The voter database is available to be accessed through the Commission's website on electoral centers, subcommittees and lists, indicating that the database is constantly being updated.

He added that the number of general committees to vote for Egyptians inside is 368 committees, which include 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 sub-committees, stressing that it is important for those eligible to vote to do so, noting that there will be a LE 500 fine for those who do not vote.

Lashin Ibrahim, Head of the National Electoral Commission and Vice-President of the Court of Cassation, called on voters whose names are registered in the voters' database to participate in the constitutional referendum. The elections will take place outside Egypt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-21, And on Monday, 20, 21 and 22 April.

Of those eligible to vote, 61,344,503 voters, 50.37% are men and 49.63% are women.

The referendum process is subject to full judicial supervision, with 19,339 judges (basic and reserve), of whom 15,324 are actual judges at the ballot box.

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4/20/2019 12:03:35 PM
<![CDATA[Braille ballot allows Egypt's Blind debut vote in referendum unassisted]]>
Braille ballot allows blind people and those who have low vision to read documents through touching raised dots representing the letters of alphabet.

In December 2017, “Alashan Tbneeha” (To Build It), a former campaign that backed President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, issued forms in Braille giving blind citizens the chance to participate in demanding that Sisi runs for a second term as president of Egypt.

The first day of the referendum kicked off in Egypt, where polling stations across governorates have opened their doors at 9 a.m., and will close at 9 p.m. for three consecutive days.

Printing Braille ballot papers comes as part of the efforts exerted by the NEA to facilitate the voting process for people with disabilities. Sherif said that the NEA decided to enable the disabled citizens to vote in ground floors of polling stations that are close to their houses.

According to information announced by the NEA, the number of registered voters is 61,344,503; the number of male voters is slightly bigger that those of females. The voters can cast their votes in 13,919 polling subcommittees. Over 15,000 judges will supervise the voting process, according to information obtained by Egypt Today.

Head of the NEA Lasheen Ibrahim urged the citizens to accompany their children, enjoy their constitutional right, ignore the boycott calls, and cast their ballot in polling stations nationwide.

There will be a judge to supervise each of the ballot boxes, Ibrahim said, affirming that the NEA, the body charged with managing the electoral process, is keen to ensure the transparency of the voting process.

The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.

The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General from some nominees. He would also appoint one third of the members of the Shura Council, which was revived, this time under the name "The Senate."]]>
4/20/2019 11:58:15 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: High women turnout in referendum]]>
It seems that, as always, women are taking the lead in securing the future of the country by putting their opinion forward, and saying what they believe.

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Woman voting in Alexandria

Women in Alexandria have gone out in especially high numbers.

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4/20/2019 11:50:01 AM
<![CDATA[Pope Tawadros casts ballot in constitutional amendments referendum]]>
In a statement after voting, the pontiff expressed his pleasure over participating in the referendum, saying that the amendments were carefully considered by the parliament.

The pontiff described participation in the referendum as a citizenship right.

He called on citizens to participate in the referendum and express their opinions in full freedom, confirming that voting on the constitutional amendments is a national duty. ]]>
4/20/2019 11:14:16 AM
<![CDATA[In pics: PM Mostafa Madbouli votes in referendum, calls on Egyptians to participate]]>
After voting, Madbouli gave press statements encouraging Egyptians to participate in the referendum, and practice right to vote on the constitutional amendments.

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He further said "holding a referendum on the constitutional amendments is a message to the world ensuring political stability in Egypt."

Madbouli voted in Sheikh Zayed district, 6 of October city.

Armed Forces and the Ministry of Interior have beefed up security measures in the streets, around vital facilities and at schools assigned to host referendum process across the country, as Egyptians at home start the first voting day on Saturday.

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Prime Minister Mostafa Mabdouli vote in referendum on 1st voting day - Mohamed Hosary -Egypt Today

The first day of the referendum kicked off Saturday in Egypt, where polling stations across governorates have opened their doors at 9 a.m., and will close at 9 p.m. for three consecutive days.

A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments. ]]>
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<![CDATA[In pics: Security measures beefed up as Egyptians at home vote in referendum]]>
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Security forces outside polling stations - Amr Mostafa/Egypt Today

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Armed and security forces outside military and vital facilities as first voting day in referendum in Egypt kicks off - Press photo

The armed forces have ensured all forces participating in security measures are aware of the tasks assigned to them to protect and secure citizens heading to polling stations, and to confront any threats that might encounter the voters during the referendum process.

The armed forces is expected to release statements detailing the way the forces secure polling stations in coordination with police forces, and all measures taken in this regard. surveillance aircrafts and vehicles supported with live streaming techniques are used to provide a live update on the referendum, and to report any problem spotted during the voting process to the main military operation chamber in order to solve it.



The first day of the referendum kicked off in Egypt, where polling stations across governorates have opened their doors at 9 a.m., and will close at 9 p.m. for three consecutive days.

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Armed and security forces outside military and vital facilities as first voting day in referendum in Egypt kicks off - Press photo

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TV channels showed queues of voters at some polling stations waiting minutes before the doors were opened and they were allowed in to cast their ballot by either agree or disagree on a set of proposed constitutional amendments passed by the parliament Tuesday.


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Queues of voters lined up outside polling stations in Giza to vote in referendum - Photo by Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today

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Queues of voters lined up outside polling stations in Giza to vote in referendum - Photo by Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today


A number of societal dialogues were held over the past weeks attended by various segments and experts in the country, to discuss the amendments ahead of a plenary session at the House of Representatives, where parliamentarians voted for passing them.

A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments.
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4/20/2019 9:50:12 AM
<![CDATA[Polling stations in Egypt open doors on 1st day of referendum ]]>
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Queues of voters lined up outside polling stations in Giza to vote in referendum - Photo by Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today

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Queues of voters lined up outside polling stations in Giza to vote in referendum - Photo by Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today


TV channels showed queues of voters at some polling stations waiting minutes before the doors were opened and they were allowed in to cast their ballot by either agree or disagree on a set of proposed constitutional amendments passed by the parliament Tuesday.

A number of societal dialogues were held over the past weeks attended by various segments and experts in the country, to discuss the amendments ahead of a plenary session at the House of Representatives, where parliamentarians voted for passing them.

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Queues of voters lined up outside polling stations in Giza to vote in referendum - Photo by Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today


A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments.

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Queues of voters lined up outside polling stations in Giza to vote in referendum - Photo by Karim Abdel Aziz/Egypt Today


On Saturday, a number of consulates have also opened their doors to continue the three-day referendum process abroad, which kicked off on Friday. The first embassies to open was in New Zealand and Australia.

Egyptian nationals in China have also started flocking to the Egyptian embassy in Beijing for the second day of referendum. The first day of voting has reportedly seen many Egyptians at the polling stations abroad.

Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.

“The referendum on constitutional amendments will be completely supervised by the judiciary,” said Judge Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority, at a press conference held at the headquarters of the State Information Service in Cairo’s Nasser City district. “There will be a judge at every ballot box. The media and civil society will be able to follow the process.”

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4/20/2019 9:25:40 AM
<![CDATA[In pics: Sisi casts vote in referendum on constitutional amendments]]>
TV channels broadcast President Sisi while he was casting the ballot at the El-Shaheed Yousry Emara School in Heliopolis, Cairo. The polling stations across Egypt are set to open at 9 a.m., where queues of voters are allowed to cast their ballots.

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President Abdel Fatal al-Sisi has cast his vote Saturday in the referendum on a set of proposed constitutional amendments on the first voting day in Egypt - TV Screenshot

Egyptian expatriates have started voting in the referendum process on Friday, and will continue until Sunday.

A number of consulates have opened their doors Saturday; the first embassies to open were in New Zealand and Australia.

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President Abdel Fatal al-Sisi has cast his vote Saturday in the referendum on a set of proposed constitutional amendments on the first voting day in Egypt - TV Screenshot

A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments.

Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.

“The referendum on constitutional amendments will be completely supervised by the judiciary,” said Judge Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority, at a press conference held at the headquarters of the State Information Service in Cairo’s Nasser City district. “There will be a judge at every ballot box. The media and civil society will be able to follow the process.” ]]>
4/20/2019 9:16:21 AM
<![CDATA[UPDATE: Second day of expat voting kicks off in Egypt's referendum]]>
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A number of consulates have opened their doors to continue the three-day referendum process abroad, which kicked off on Friday. The first embassies to open was in New Zealand and Australia.

Egyptian nationals in China have also started flocking to the Egyptian embassy in Beijing for the second day of referendum. The first day of voting has reportedly seen many Egyptians at the polling stations abroad.

In Berlin, youth in addition to the Egyptian community and their families headed to the consulate to cast their vote.

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Members of Egyptian consulate during referendum process in Berlin - Egypt Today


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Egyptian nationals in African countries also visited their consulates to cast their ballot in the referendum on the second day of the voting process.

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Egyptian expats in Angola head to cast their vote in referendum for second day - Egypt Today


A number of Egyptians in London also gathered carrying Egyptian flags as they cast their vote.

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Egyptian expats in London head to cast their vote in referendum for second day - Egypt Today

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Egyptian expats in London head to cast their vote in referendum for second day - Egypt Today

A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments.

Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.

“The referendum on constitutional amendments will be completely supervised by the judiciary,” said Judge Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority, at a press conference held at the headquarters of the State Information Service in Cairo’s Nasser City district. “There will be a judge at every ballot box. The media and civil society will be able to follow the process.”

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Egyptian expats in Australia head to cast their vote in referendum for second day - Egypt Today

Polls will be open Saturday through Monday to vote on the new amendments, which would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, and re-introduce the Shura Council under the name The Senate.

Egypt’s Ministry of Migration dedicated hotlines for Egyptian expatriates to receive any complaints or questions related to the three-day public referendum.

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Egyptian expats in Australia head to cast their vote in referendum for second day - Egypt Today

Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593.

They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday. ]]>
4/20/2019 8:46:09 AM
<![CDATA[WRAP-UP: Egyptian expatriates flock to polling stations to vote on constitution amendments]]>CAIRO – 19 April 2019: Egyptian expatriates on Friday started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 124 countries all over the world.


The voting process of the first day of voting for expatriates will end in San Francisco which will end ballot casting by 9:00pm.


The Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that 140 voting stations have been set up in 124 countries. Egyptian expatriates who hold valid passports have the right to vote in the referendum.


The first cities of which the public referendum has kicked off include; Wellington’s New Zealand, Canberra and Sydney in Australia, Seoul of South Korea, Tokyo of Japan and China’s Capital Beijing according to their local timing.


Egyptian embassies and consulates have witnessed a remarkable turnout by Egyptians who insisted on taking part in forming the history of their country and voting on the amendments.


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Egyptian ambassador to Iraq Alaa Morsi casts his vote on the constitutional amendments- press photo

In Saudi Arabia, where hosts the largest Egyptian community in the Arab world, Egyptian expatriates cast their votes in Riyadh-based embassy amid high turnout.


Polls will be open Saturday through Monday with 55 million Egyptians eligible to vote on the new amendments, which would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate the vice president post.


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An expatriate casts his vote on the new constitutional amendments at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut- press photo


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Moreover, Egyptian expatriates in Iraq headed to vote on the amendments as well as in Muscat.


The high turnout witnessed by the polling stations is highly expected to keep on rising.


Egypt’s Ministry of Migration dedicated hotlines for Egyptian expatriates to receive any complaints or questions related to the three-day public referendum.


Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593.


They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday.


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Egyptian expats vote on the constitutional amendments in Asturias - press photo

The National Election Authority (NEA) announced that there will be a judge to supervise each of the ballot boxes, affirming that it is keen to ensure the transparency of the voting process.


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The Foreign Ministry has published photos of voters queuing to cast their ballots and others waving national flags at missions in Milan, Dubai, Amman, Riyadh, New Delhi, Doha and Ottawa.


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4/19/2019 8:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[In pics: Egyptians in Canada, US vote on amendments]]>
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Egyptian ambassador to Canada Ahmed Abu Zeid ballots his vote- Press Photo


Also Ahmed Abu Zeid, Egypt's Ambassador to Ottawa, and other officials in the embassy were seen casting their vote.

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Egyptian expats at the Egyptian embassy in Canada vote in the constitutional amendments- press photo


Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.

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Egyptian woman casts her vote on the constitutional amendments at the Egyptian consulate in New York- press photo


“The referendum on constitutional amendments will be completely supervised by the judiciary,” said Judge Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority, at a press conference held at the headquarters of the State Information Service in Cairo’s Nasser City district. “There will be a judge at every ballot box. The media and civil society will be able to follow the process.”

Polls will be open Saturday through Monday to vote on the new amendments, which would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, and re-introduce the Shura Council under the name The Senate.

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Egyptian expats head from New Jersey to New York to vote in the constitutional amendments- press photo


Egypt’s Ministry of Migration dedicated hotlines for Egyptian expatriates to receive any complaints or questions related to the three-day public referendum.

Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593.

They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday.

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4/19/2019 5:18:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian expats in Jordan vote on constitutional amendments]]>
Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.

“The referendum on constitutional amendments will be completely supervised by the judiciary,” said Judge Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority, at a press conference held at the headquarters of the State Information Service in Cairo’s Nasser City district. “There will be a judge at every ballot box. The media and civil society will be able to follow the process.”

Polls will be open Saturday through Monday to vote on the new amendments, which would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, and re-introduce the Shura Council under the name The Senate.

Egypt’s Ministry of Migration dedicated hotlines for Egyptian expatriates to receive any complaints or questions related to the three-day public referendum.

Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593.

They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday.]]>
4/19/2019 4:00:41 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptians vote on constitution amendments in Netherlands]]>
Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.

Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593.

They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg, the minister said in a Thursday statement.

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4/19/2019 2:50:23 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptians vote on new constitution amendments in Doha]]>CAIRO – 19 April 2019: Egyptian citizens in Qatar headed to the Egyptian Embassy in Doha to vote on the new amendments to the Egyptian Constitution.


Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.


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Polls will be open Saturday through Monday with 55 million Egyptians eligible to vote on the new amendments, which would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate vice president post.


Egypt’s Ministry of Migration dedicated hotlines for Egyptian expatriates to receive any complaints or questions related to the three-day public referendum.


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Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593.


They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday.

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4/19/2019 2:33:34 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptians in South Africa cast ballots on new amendments]]>CAIRO – 19 April 2019: Egyptians headed to the Egyptian Embassy in South Africa’s Pretoria to cast their ballots on the new amendments to the Egyptian Constitution.


Egyptian ambassador to South Africa Sherif Eissa has affirmed that the Egyptian embassy in South Africa has finished all the necessary preparations to facilitate and enable Egyptians to participate in the voting process.


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Egyptian ambassador to South Africa Sherif Eissa

Eissa also added that the embassy is organizing awareness campaigns as well as providing the necessary information to the citizens and how important it is to take part at the voting process.


Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 124 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.


Polls will be open Saturday through Monday with 55 million Egyptians eligible to vote on the new amendments, which would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate vice president post.


Egypt’s Ministry of Migration dedicated hotlines for Egyptian expatriates to receive any complaints or questions related to the three-day public referendum.


Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593.


They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday.


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4/19/2019 2:11:40 PM
<![CDATA[LE 500 fine for those who do not vote in referendum: NEC Spokesperson]]>
In previous elections, there were also reports and statements saying that those who do not vote will be fined LE 500, however, the fine was then wavered after Egyptians rejected the law, explaining that it is also a right of theirs to boycott an election.

Sherif said that those working in different governorates to which they are registered can vote in any sub-committee on the referendum. He explained that through the national identification card or passport, individuals can vote in any polling station.

The spokesperson also said in a statement to the Middle East News Agency on Friday that the Authority has taken measures to facilitate citizens and to prevent the recurrence of the vote through the use of phosphorous ink, as well as review the final database of voters and take legal action against those who exceed the frequency of voting.

The voter database is available to be accessed through the Commission's website on electoral centers, subcommittees and lists, indicating that the database is constantly being updated.

He added that the number of general committees to vote for Egyptians inside is 368 committees, which include 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 sub-committees.

Lashin Ibrahim, Head of the National Electoral Commission and Vice-President of the Court of Cassation, called on voters whose names are registered in the voters' database to participate in the constitutional referendum. The elections will take place outside Egypt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-21, And on Monday, 20, 21 and 22 April.

Of those eligible to vote, 61,344,503 voters, 50.37% are men and 49.63% are women.

The referendum process is subject to full judicial supervision, with 19,339 judges (basic and reserve), of whom 15,324 are actual judges at the ballot box.

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4/19/2019 1:35:10 PM
<![CDATA[Expatriates allowed to vote in all sub-committees within Egypt]]>
The spokesperson also said in a statement to the Middle East News Agency on Friday that the Authority has taken measures to facilitate citizens and to prevent the recurrence of the vote through the use of phosphorous ink, as well as review the final database of voters and take legal action against those who exceed the frequency of voting.

The voter database is available to be accessed through the Commission's website on electoral centers, subcommittees and lists, indicating that the database is constantly being updated.

He added that the number of general committees to vote for Egyptians inside is 368 committees, which include 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 sub-committees, stressing that it is important for those eligible to vote to do so, noting that there will be a LE 500 fine for those who do not vote.

Lashin Ibrahim, Head of the National Electoral Commission and Vice-President of the Court of Cassation, called on voters whose names are registered in the voters' database to participate in the constitutional referendum. The elections will take place outside Egypt on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-21, And on Monday, 20, 21 and 22 April.

Of those eligible to vote, 61,344,503 voters, 50.37% are men and 49.63% are women.

The referendum process is subject to full judicial supervision, with 19,339 judges (basic and reserve), of whom 15,324 are actual judges at the ballot box.
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4/19/2019 1:28:18 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptians in Milan vote on constitutional amendments]]>CAIRO – 19 April 2019: Egyptian nationals in Milan, Italy, headed to the Egyptian Embassy to cast their ballots on the new amendments to the Egyptian Constitution.


Egypt's consul-general in Milan Ehab Abu-Seriaa, along with Egyptian officials in Italy, are supervising the voting process.



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Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.



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PRESS: Youngest Egyptian expatriate in Milan, Selim Assem, attended the voting along with his mother while holding the Egyptian flag


Polls will be open Saturday through Monday with 55 million Egyptians eligible to vote on the new amendments, which would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate vice president post.



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Egypt’s Ministry of Migration dedicated hotlines for Egyptian expatriates to receive any complaints or questions related to the three-day public referendum.


Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593.


They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday.

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4/19/2019 1:26:50 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian expatriates in Berlin vote on constitutional amendments]]>CAIRO – 19 April 2019: The Egyptian Embassy in Berlin on Friday witnessed a high turnout of voters who flocked to the embassy to cast their ballots on the new amendments to the Egyptian Constitution.


The voting process in Germany is being supervised by Egyptian ambassador to Germany Badr Abdel Atty and will last until April 21.


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Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.


“The referendum on constitutional amendments will be completely supervised by the judiciary,” said Judge Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority, at a press conference held at the headquarters of the State Information Service in Cairo’s Nasser City district. “There will be a judge at every ballot box. The media and civil society will be able to follow the process.”


Polls will be open Saturday through Monday with 55 million Egyptians eligible to vote on the new amendments, which would increase the presidential term from four to six years, allocate 25 percent of parliamentary seats to women, re-introduce the Shura Council and reinstate vice president post.


Egypt’s Ministry of Migration dedicated hotlines for Egyptian expatriates to receive any complaints or questions related to the three-day public referendum.


Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593.


They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday.


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4/19/2019 12:37:01 PM
<![CDATA[Update: Egypt’s expats vote on constitutional public referendum in 6 cities]]>
The first cities of which the public referendum has kicked off includes; Wellington’s New Zealand, Canberra and Sydney in Australia, Seoul of South Korea, Tokyo of Japan and China’s Capital Beijing according to their local timing.

New Zealand was the first country to welcome Egyptians to cast their ballot.

Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority (NEA), called on the Egyptian expatriates to vote in the planned referendum on constitutional amendments from Friday, April 19, to Sunday, April 21.

He also announced that the public referendum for the locals inside the country will take place from Saturday, April 20 to Monday, April 22.

Ibrahim urged the citizens to accompany their children and enjoy their constitutional right, urging them to ignore the boycott calls, and to cast their ballot in polling stations nationwide.

There will be a judge to supervise each of the ballot boxes, Ibrahim said, affirming that the NEA, the body charged with managing the electoral process, is keen to ensure the transparency of the voting process.

Egypt’s Ministry of Migration allocated hotlines for Egyptian expatriates to receive any complaints or questions related to the three-day public referendum on the constitutional amendments due to start on Friday in 140 embassies and consulates worldwide.

Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593. They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday.

A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments. Egypt’s House of Representative (the lower house of the Parliament) approved on Tuesday the new amendments.

14 constitutional articles subject to amendment: what changed?

CAIRO - 16 April 2019: The report of the Parliament's legislative committee has embedded the final legal context of the proposed constitutional amendments, including adding 10 new articles and amending 14 others, while an article was added to repeal the titles of two chapters of the constitution.




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4/19/2019 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Vote in Egypt’s referendum on amendments starts in Australia]]>
Australia, according to Egypt’s time, is considered to be the second country to vote in all presidential elections.

Further information about how election goes in Australia and other countries will later be provided.

Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority (NEA), called on the Egyptian expatriates to vote in the planned referendum on constitutional amendments from Friday, April 19, to Sunday, April 21.

He also announced that the public referendum for the locals inside the country will take place from Saturday, April 20 to Monday, April 22.

Ibrahim urged the citizens to accompany their children and enjoy their constitutional right, urging them to ignore the boycott calls, and to cast their ballot in polling stations nationwide.

There will be a judge to supervise each of the ballot boxes, Ibrahim said, affirming that the NEA, the body charged with managing the electoral process, is keen to ensure the transparency of the voting process. ]]>
4/19/2019 1:57:58 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's ambassador to Italy: Electoral committees get ready for receiving Egyptian voters]]>
In statements, Ambassador Badr said the Egyptian Embassy has notified the Italian authorities to intensify their security measures around the embassy premises during the three days of the voting, urging Egyptian expats in Italy to take part in the voting process.

He said the Egyptian Embassy has provided all facilities and communication means to enable the largest number of Egyptians to participate in the voting on Egypt's constitutional amendments.

The diplomat urged members of the Egyptian community to exercise their national duty as it is one of the political gains the Egyptians abroad have obtained after January 25 and June 30 revolutions.]]>
4/19/2019 1:18:57 AM
<![CDATA[Cairo Court re-detains 6 officials for 45 days for Ramses train accident]]>
On March 1, Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadeq ordered the arrest of the driver of the deadly locomotive immediately following the accident. Initial investigations revealed that the driver left the locomotive with its engine on to check another locomotive that rammed into it from the opposite direction.

The arrest warrant included six individuals,the drivers of both trains, their assistants and the rail workers over the accusation of manslaughter and vandalism. They were detained for 15 days pending investigations, and their detention was renewed for 15 additional days.

Twenty-two people were announced killed and at least 40 others were injured when a train locomotive collided into the buffer stop at platform number six, causing a huge explosion.






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4/18/2019 8:20:46 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s armed, security forces on alert nationwide ahead of public referendum]]>
Upon directions from Minister of Defense and Military Production Mohamed Zaki, the Armed Forces leadership has taken all procedures, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, to secure polling stations and all institutions affiliated to the Ministry of Defense, the statement said.



“All procedures have been taken to monitor and secure the referendum in all governorates via using surveillance aircraft, aerial photography and outside broadcasting vehicles to convey a vivid picture of the events and to immediately report any actions that impede the polling process to the Armed Forces’ operation room,” the statement read.

The Second Field Army forces will be responsible for securing governorates of Dakahlia, Sharqia, Damietta, Ismailia, Port Said, North Sinai, while forces of the Third Field Army will participate in securing Suez, South Sinai, Qena governorates, the statement added.

Forces of the Cairo-based Central Military Region will participate in securing Cairo, Giza, Menoufia, Qalyoubia, Fayoum, Beni Suef, and Minya. Meanwhile, the Western Military Region will secure the polling process in Matrouh governorate.

As for Alexandria, Beheira, Kafr al-Sheih, they will be secured by Northern Military Region forces. Moreover, forces of the Southern Military Region will cover Assyut, Sohag, Luxor, Aswan, Al-Wadi al-Gadid, and the Red Sea, the statement continued. Naval and air forces will also participate in the security process during the vote.

Furthermore, Ministry of Interior announced high security alert nationwide and deployed security forces inside the polling stations and outside the State’s vital institutions.

A total of 61 million eligible voters were urged to cast their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments, which will allow President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to remain in power until 2030. Egypt’s House of Representative (the lower house of the Parliament) approved on Tuesday the new amendments.

The amendments include a “transitional article” that allows President Sisi to remain in power until 2024; Sisi will also have the right to run for a new 6-year term.

“The current president has the right at the end of his current term to re-run as stated in the amended Article 140 of the constitution,” the transitional article stipulates.

Article 140 provides that the presidential term shall be extended for 6 years instead of 4 years and the president has the right to run for another term.

In case you missed it …

Before vote: Know about powers granted to president by constitutional amendments

CAIRO - 16 April 2019: The parliamentary legislative subcommittee, headed by Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, approved on Sunday a set of proposed constitutional amendments paving the way for the Parliament to hold a final vote on them on Tuesday.




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4/18/2019 7:39:11 PM
<![CDATA[Political youth format urges university students to vote in referendum]]>
This took place during a concert for Rami Sabri in Ain Shams University, where the members of the political committee urged the students to perform their constitutional right, before the famous singer took the stage.

The ceremony was presented by talented TV presenters Ahmed Abdel-Samad, and Ada Ibrahim.

The Committee of Parties' Youth Leaders and Politicians is a political committee that aims, according to their description, to strengthen the role of youth in the Egyptian political life, and qualify the young cadres to develop and lead the country.



The Parliament approved on Tuesday a draft report of a number of constitutional amendments presented earlier by its legislative committee.

The approval came with the total number of 531 members endorsed the amendments out of 554 participated in voting. 22 Parliamentarian refused the amendments while one member abstained from voting.

Lasheen Ibrahim, head of the National Election Authority (NEA), called on the Egyptian expatriates to vote in the planned referendum on constitutional amendments from Friday, April 19, to Sunday, April 21. He also announced that the public referendum for the locals inside the country will take place from Saturday, April 20 to Monday, April 22.

Ibrahim urged the citizens to accompany their children and enjoy their constitutional right, urging them to ignore the boycott calls, and to cast their ballot in polling stations nationwide.

There will be a judge to supervise each of the ballot boxes, Ibrahim said, affirming that the NEA, the body charged with managing the electoral process, is keen to ensure the transparency of the voting process.

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Members of the The Coordination Committee of Parties' Youth Leaders and Politicians have urged hundreds of students to take part in the upcoming referendum - press photo

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4/18/2019 6:51:19 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt sorry over South Asia, Afghanistan floods]]>
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry expressed condolences with the families of the victims, wishing a speedy recovery to all wounded.

The ministry expressed Egypt's support for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan in this ordeal.

The slow-moving storm, which has triggered damaging thunderstorms, blinding dust storms and flooding downpours, has claimed at least 39 lives in Pakistan, 47 in India and 15 in Afghanistan.]]>
4/18/2019 6:27:28 PM
<![CDATA[Ministry of Migration allocates hotlines for expats during referendum]]>
Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593. They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday.

A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments, which allow President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to remain in power until 2030. Egypt’s House of Representative (the lower house of the Parliament) approved on Tuesday the new amendments.

The amendments include a “transitional article” that allows President Sisi to remain in power until 2024; Sisi will also have the right to run for a new 6-year term.

“The current president has the right at the end of his current term to re-run as stated in the amended Article 140 of the constitution,” the transitional article stipulates.

Article 140 provides that the presidential term shall be extended for 6 years instead of 4 years and the president has the right to run for another term.

In case you missed it …

Before vote: Know about powers granted to president by constitutional amendments

CAIRO - 16 April 2019: The parliamentary legislative subcommittee, headed by Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, approved on Sunday a set of proposed constitutional amendments paving the way for the Parliament to hold a final vote on them on Tuesday.




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4/18/2019 6:26:06 PM
<![CDATA[Shoukry asserts Egypt's support for Somalia's stability]]>
Shoukry and Isse tackled means to boost bilateral ties in addition to a number of regional issues of mutual interest, Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Hafez said.

Shoukry expressed Egypt's keenness on supporting Somali government, asserting Egypt's vision about the importance of the unity and integrity of Somalia's territories and support to building national institutions.

Shoukry also voiced Egypt's readiness to boost trade exchange with Somalia.

The meeting took up the role of the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) in transferring expertise and building Somali cadres.

On regional issues, both ministers discussed the latest developments in Sudan and the Horn of Africa in addition to efforts exerted to combat terrorism.

Isse praised the relations between Egypt and Somalia, appreciating Egypt's role in supporting Somalia.

At the end of talks, three memorandums of understanding were inked]]>
4/18/2019 6:12:42 PM
<![CDATA[Union of Egyptian associations in Kuwait urge nationals to participate in referendum]]>
The union, in a statement Thursday, said Egyptian expats should exercise their constitutional right for Egypt to complete its development and construction process outlined by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

It touched upon huge national projects in the field of infrastructure, not to mention a high security level witnessed in Egypt. All this, the statement added, helped create an investment-friendly climate.

Groups of volunteers have been formed with the aim to help Egyptian nationals in Kuwait reach their ballot stations, the statement further said. ]]>
4/18/2019 2:55:37 PM
<![CDATA[Mufti urges citizens to take part in referendum on constitutional amendments]]>
In statements to MENA Thursday, the Mufti highlighted the importance for every citizen to exercise his/her political and constitutional rights through the participation in the referendum in to serve the best interest of the homeland.

Speaking about terrorism, the mufti said terror groups spread destruction and devastation in the name of religion, pointing out that the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood is the most errant group the country has ever known.

He said the support of the Armed Forces and police for war on terror is a religious duty as the terrorist groups seek to destabilize the security of the nation.

Allam said Islam has never known the clash of civilizations but knew coexistence among peoples, adding that Prophet Muhamed had appealed to his companions to integrate themselves among others and avoid a clash of civilizations.]]>
4/18/2019 2:53:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Journalists Maggie Michael & Nariman El-Mofty Win Pulitzer For Yemen Civil War Coverage]]>

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.


Michael, El Mofty and Al-Zikry all work for the Associated Press, and according to AP, the three of them had spent a year uncovering atrocities and suffering in Yemen.


Michael, who is based in Cairo, has 15 years of experience covering conflicts across the Middle East. She has gained deep knowledge of the political, social, and cultural dynamics of this volatile region. She joined the AP in 2002. She covered political and religious conflict in the Middle East and, as part of AP's investigations team, has written about civilian casualties in Iraq and Yemen. Her primary aim is to produce powerful enterprise stories, and part of her responsibility is to supervise a wide network of Arabic-speaking stringers and reporters across the region.


El-Mofty is a Canadian-Egyptian photojournalist. She worked first as a photo editor, then since 2016 as a photographer covering Egypt, Yemen and other parts of the Middle East.


Al-Zikry is a Yemeni video journalist who has devoted years chronicling the war and its horrors. His photograph of an emaciated infant dying at a hospital in 2016 helped bring world attention to starvation in Yemen.


“We can’t overstate how thankful we are for the Pulitzer Center’s support,” Associated Press Executive Editor Sally Buzbee said. “Yemen is one of the most dangerous places in the world to report on. A grant like this one makes all the difference in terms of allowing us to make extra trips and to provide sustained coverage. It means we can free up journalists like Maggie and Nariman to focus on digging in and doing deeper journalism in a place like Yemen, while we keep our spot news report going across the broader Middle East. Especially in a place like the Middle East, these extra resources are so precious.”

In an interview on CNN's Reliable Sources podcast, El-Mofty offered some wise advice to her fellow journalists: "Work so hard, and don't think of the prizes. You have to love it. You have to be there 100%. Respect people like they're your own. Don't victimize people; personalize the story. And keep going back. You're going to fail a lot, and it's okay. But if you love it, you'll just keep pushing."


This award is considered as a great honor to Egypt, especially that Michael and El-Mofty are the first Egyptians to win the prize.

The Embassy of Egypt in the United States tweet its congrats to Michael and El-Mofty via the embassy’s official twitter account: “Congrats to Maggie Michael and Nariman El-Mofty from Egypt for winning the 2019 @PulitzerPrizes for International Reporting for their extensive coverage of the conflict in Yemen.” #EgyptPride #WomenofEgypt
It is worth mentioning that this isn’t Michael’s first award, in April 2018, she has won the Overseas Press Club (OPC) of America in the contest honoring the best international reporting for her work in Yemen.
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4/18/2019 10:58:00 AM
<![CDATA[Qatari foreign minister flies to Doha after being rejected by Sudanese authorities]]>
Sudanese sources revealed that the Qatari foreign minister and the delegation had to leave the capital to Doha after not being received by any Sudanese official.

Sudanese representative to the United Nation, Yasser Abdel Salam, said earlier today that what is going in Sudan is an internal affair, adding that the peaceful Sudanese revolution will realize eventually all its goals.

Former President Omar al-Bashir was toppled last week by a military coup following countrywide anti-government protests in Sudan.
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4/17/2019 8:49:33 PM
<![CDATA[Peru ex-president Garcia shoots himself as police try to arrest him]]>
Garcia, 69, underwent emergency surgery at the Casimiro Ulloa hospital and suffered three cardiac arrests, Health Minister Zulema Tomas said in broadcast comments. She said he was in “very critical” condition.

Local TV channel America reported Garcia was in a coma and broadcast images of Garcia’s son, supporters and lawmakers entering the hospital, where police in riot gear stood by.

“Let’s pray to God to give him strength,” Erasmo Reyna, Garcia’s lawyer, told journalists at the hospital.

Garcia, a skilled orator who has led Peru’s once-powerful Apra party for decades, governed as a nationalist from 1985 to 1990 before remaking himself as a free-market proponent and winning another five-year term in 2006.

Garcia was under investigation in connection with Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which triggered Latin America’s biggest graft scandal when it admitted publicly in 2016 that it won lucrative contracts in the region with bribes.

Last year, Garcia asked Uruguay for political asylum after he was banned from leaving the country to keep him from fleeing or obstructing the investigation. Uruguay rejected the request.

Garcia has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.]]>
4/17/2019 4:05:47 PM
<![CDATA[Environment min., UK amb. discuss climate adaptation initiative]]>
This comes as Egypt and Britain prepare for an adaptation alliance that the UN chief will launch during the Climate Summit in New York in September.

Adapting to climate change is a top priority of African and developing countries, Fouad said, noting that Egypt started working on that file early through taking positive steps to hone skills of cadres, and funding environment-related projects.

Egypt is currently working on its national plan to adapt to climate change and to boost awareness among youth about climate issues, she noted.

She also posted the diplomat on a system adopted by her Ministry to manage wastes and protect natural resources.

Adams was pleased with steps taken by Egypt to cope with climate change.

He said he is looking forward to working with Egypt to outline the climate adaptation initiative.]]>
4/17/2019 3:57:46 PM
<![CDATA[Health Ministry builds 13 centers to treat Africans from Hepatitis C]]>
Megahed added that Egypt has made a significant progress in the treatment of virus C.
He also added that more than 45 Million citizens have been detected so far as part of "100 Million Seha" campaign.

In Feb., Minister of Health Hala Zayed said in statement that more than 30,375 million citizens were screened for HCV as part of the campaign across Egypt.

The initiative was launched by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi under the title "100 Million Health" to eradicate Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and chronic diseases.

The Health Ministry has vowed to completely eliminate the disease from Egypt by 2022.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health Megahed told Egypt Today that the three-phase campaign started in October 2018 and will end in April 2019.

In Jan., the minister unveiled an Egyptian initiative to treat African people from Hepatitis C, starting with the Nile Basin countries that have an estimated 3.7 million hepatitis C patients, representing 30 percent of the total number of infected people in Africa.

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4/17/2019 3:08:24 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Embassy in Kuwait prepares for referendum]]>
The ambassador thanked the Egyptian community in Kuwait for their participation in previous polls, adding that the Egyptian community comes first in terms of voter turnout.

"More than 35,000 Egyptians in Kuwait had taken part in the re-election of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in March 2018," Qouni said.

He urged Egyptians in Kuwait to vote in the upcoming referendum that should be held inside the embassy.

The ambassador also said that Kuwaiti Prime Minister Jaber al-Mubarak al-HamadAl-Sabah will visit Egypt in June to meet several Egyptian officials.]]>
4/17/2019 1:33:56 PM
<![CDATA[Sudanese military council starts fighting corruption]]>
The decision urges revising the movement of funds as of April by the Central Bank of Sudan and reporting any suspected money transfer operations.

All suspected funds will be seized, according to the decision.]]>
4/17/2019 1:05:19 PM
<![CDATA[Mesmari condemns militias attacks on Tripoli districts]]>
In a statement carried by Sky News, Mesmari said the random shelling of Tripoli caused damage to several districts, offering condolences to the victims of the attacks.

He also voiced hope that the Libyan people get rid of the terrorist groups in Tripoli just like they did in Benghazi and Derna in eastern Libya.

At least four persons were killed and four others injured in the shelling of Tripoli. ]]>
4/17/2019 12:59:54 PM
<![CDATA[Media Literacy, SGDs to highlight 7th edition of Alexandria Media Forum ]]>
The forum titles “Media Information Literacy and Sustainable Development,” will highlight mass media education at universities over the course of three days.

In partnership with the American University in Cairo (AUC) represented in the Kamal Adham Center, the forum will host around 30 workshops tackling the relationship between sustainable development and media; content creation, and the use of modern technology in teaching media, guaranteeing credibility and data journalism.



Around 250 participants from Arab countries will attend the forum, in addition to 52 trainers, speakers and lecturers coming from four different countries: France, Sweden, Jordan and Yemen, as well as Egypt.

The Alexandria Media Forum was established in 2012, aiming to raise the level of proficiency of media practitioners in different fields: journalism, TV, radio and digital media.

AMF was awarded the Arab Media Innovation Award by the Arab Thought Foundation in 2016, as well as an award from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology for their role in promoting media innovation at the university. ]]>
4/17/2019 12:34:59 PM
<![CDATA[Notre Dame to be rebuilt within 5 years: Macron ]]>
"We now have to get things done," Macron said in an address Tuesday. "We will act and we will succeed."

Monday's devastating fire was likely sparked accidentally, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Outside the building, the cathedral's two bell towers and outer walls stood firm, while their insides and the upper structure were eviscerated by the blaze.

Investigators will not be allowed inside the cathedral until experts can verify that the structure withstood the heat and it is safe for them to enter. ]]>
4/17/2019 12:15:49 PM
<![CDATA[Ministerial meeting of Egyptian-Dutch Consultative Council on Water kicks off]]>
During the meeting, the two sides reviewed the activities of the council's previous meeting of May 2018 and the outcome of a study and tasks outlined by a group of Dutch water experts in Egypt.

The Dutch study included the protection and development of sanitary drainage network projects as well as the upgrade of coastal areas in cooperation with the Egyptian Authority for Management of Coastal Areas.

The meeting also probed the missions carried out by a working team from the Dutch government which convened in Cairo from April 2 till 11. The team's mission was to resume a development cooperation program between the two countries after it has been halted for six years.]]>
4/17/2019 12:11:52 PM
<![CDATA[Italian amb. supports talents of young Egyptian women]]>
Speaking at an exhibition of hand crafts by 11 young Egyptian women inside the Italian Embassy Monday night, Cantini said such events are organized to show support for those ladies.

Other activities should be held to encourage female artists in Egypt, he noted.]]>
4/17/2019 12:10:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt discusses Egyptian workers' conditions with Bahrain, UAE]]>
This came on the sidelines of the 46th session of the Arab Labor Conference held in Cairo under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. The conference will conclude on Sunday, April 21.

Safaan explained at the meeting efforts exerted by the Manpower Ministry to upgrade work mechanisms regulating the flow of Egyptian workers to Bahrain.

The minister underlined the necessity of enhancing coordination between the two ministries to ease placing Egyptian workers in jobs in Bahrain.
The Bahraini minister welcomed all ideas proposed at the meeting to help upgrade the labor system in his country.

He lauded the performance of the Egyptian worker in his country, noting that Bahrain is proud of Egyptians working on its soil.

Also, Safaan discussed with UAE Minister of Human Resources Nasser bin Thani Al Hamly issues related to manpower, especially the conditions of Egyptian workers in the UAE.

The two sides discussed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for organizing the conditions of Egyptian workers in the UAE.
Hamli stressed that the rights of Egyptian workers in the UAE are protected.
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4/17/2019 12:06:12 PM
<![CDATA[BREAKING: Parl’t approves planned constitutional amendments, referendum to be held soon]]>
The approval came with the total number of 531 members endorsed the amendments out of 554 participated in voting. 22 Parliamentarian refused the amendments while one member abstained from voting.

The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.

The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General, Egypt's top prosecutor from some nominees. He would also appoint one-third of the members of the Shura Council, which was revived, this time under the name "The Senate.”

One of the amendments stipulates that women shall hold quarter the number of seats of the Parliament, while another guarantees a fair representation for peasants, workers, Christians and the disabled. Moreover, the amendments revive the formerly-dissolved Shura Council under the name “The Senate,” and also give the president the right to appoint one or more deputies.


The amendments included the following constitutional articles:

Article (150 bis) Addendum:

The President of the Republic may appoint a large number of deputies, determine their competencies, and may delegate them in some of his duties, relieve them of their posts, and accept their resignation. The Vice-Presidents of the Republic shall take the oath before assuming office Provided for in article 144 of the Constitution before the President of the Republic. The provisions of the Constitution shall apply to the Vice-Presidents of the Republic.

Article (241 bis) Addendum:

The president of the republic shall be elected for a term of six Gregorian years, starting on the day following the expiry of his predecessor's term, and may hold office for more than two consecutive terms.

Article (244 bis) Addendum

The provisions of the first paragraph of Article 102 shall apply as of the next legislative chapter.


Article 248

The Senate is concerned with studying and proposing what it sees as a tool to consolidate democracy, support national unity, social peace, the basic values of society, supreme values, rights, freedoms and public duties, and deepen and expand the democratic system.

Article 249

The opinion of the Senate shall be taken as follows:

- Proposals for the amendment of one or more articles of the Constitution.

- Projects concerning the general plan for Social and Economic Development

- Treaties of reconciliation and alliance and all treaties relating to the rights of sovereignty.

- Draft laws supplementing the Constitution and others referred to Senate by the President of the Republic.

- What the President of the Republic refers to the Senate concerning the general policy of the State or its policy in Arab or foreign affairs.

The Council shall give its opinion on these matters to the President of the Republic and the President of the Council of Representatives.

Article 250

The Senate shall consist of a number of members determined by law, not less than 180 members. Two-thirds of the members of the Council shall be elected by direct secret universal suffrage. The President of the Republic shall appoint the remaining third and the elections shall be held in accordance with the law.


Article (251) (Added):
A candidate for membership in the Senate or the person who appoints him must be an Egyptian with civil and political rights. He must have at least a university degree or equivalent, and his age must be less than thirty five years. The law specifies the conditions of candidacy, electoral system and the division of constituencies to take into account the equitable representation of the population and the governorates. Nomination can take place through single-member election or multi-member election, or both together.


Article (252) (Added):

The membership of the Senate and House of Representatives shall not be combined.


Article (253) (Added):
The Prime Minister, his deputies, ministers and other members of the government are not accountable to the Senate.


Article (254) (Added):

The provisions of the Constitution shall apply to the Senate in articles 103, 104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 1, 2, 132, 133, 136 and 137, in a manner not inconsistent with the provisions of this section, provided that the specializations in the said articles shall be exercised by the Senate and its President.



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4/16/2019 8:23:09 PM
<![CDATA[France thanks Sisi for his support after Notre Dame fire incident]]>
"We received phone calls from Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anani, Culture Minister Enas Abdel Dayem, and Pope Tawadros, to express their solidarity with France in this tragedy," he added.

He asserted that the French were not the only ones affected by this tragedy, as it impacted the whole world, including Egyptians. "Hundreds and hundreds of letters of solidarity came from our Egyptian friends who love France," Roumtier said.

The ambassador added that according to the available information on the tragedy of Notre-Dame Cathedral, the incident was unintentional.

Roumtier said that a judicial investigation had been opened and that according to preliminary indications,there were renovations in the roof of the cathedral.

In the same context, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral on Monday,April 15 after a blaze devastated large parts of the Gothic gem.

"Notre-Dame is our history, our literature, part of our psyche, the place of all our great events, our epidemics, our wars, our liberations, and the epicenter of our lives," Macron told reporters.

"Notre-Dame is burning, and I know the sadness and tremor felt by so many fellow French people. But tonight, I'd like to speak of hope too," he said, announcing the launch of a fundraising campaign.

"Let's be proud, because we built this cathedral more than 800 years ago; we've built it and, throughout the centuries, let it grow and improved it. So I solemnly say tonight: We will rebuild it together," Macron stated.
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4/16/2019 3:57:42 PM
<![CDATA[Cabinet denies selling artifacts in Christie's Auction Hall in US]]>
The center said in a report that it contacted the Ministry of Antiquities which denied the reports.

The ministry confirmed that the State is keen on preserving all Egyptian antiquities and these reports are rumors.

The ministry has made sure that the hall did not put any Egyptian artifacts for sale, added the center.]]>
4/16/2019 1:53:31 PM
<![CDATA[555 foreign correspondents ask to cover amendments referendum]]>
Imam told Egypt Today on Tuesday that those 555 foreign correspondents represent satellite channels, agencies and foreign newspapers.

He added that the operations room will be in constant contact with the National Elections Commission to facilitate the foreign correspondents' mission.

On April 14, the parliamentary legislative subcommittee, headed by Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, approved a set of proposed constitutional amendments paving the way for the Parliament to hold a final vote on them on Tuesday, April 16.

The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s National Election Authority (NEA) denied reports on social media claiming that a public referendum on the proposed constitutional amendmentswill be held next week.

NEA Vice-President Helmy al-Sherif said that the schedule of the public referendum on the constitutional amendments has not yet been set, saying that the social media reports are “groundless".
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4/16/2019 1:27:14 PM
<![CDATA[Assar discusses joint cooperation with Bechtel regional president]]>
According to a statement issued by the ministry, the meeting underlined the State's keenness on improving the investment climate and encouraging international companies to benefit from investment opportunities in various projects, including energy and infrastructure projects.

The meeting also tackled means of promoting bilateral cooperation in the infrastructure projects.

Meanwhile, Jones said that he is looking forward to enhancing cooperation with the Military Production Ministry in lightof its great industrial, technological and technical potential.

He added that Bechtel Company has been working in the field of implementing major projects in Egypt for over 40 years.

The two sides agreed that a Bechtel delegation will visit the military production companies to stand on their potentials for cooperation vistas.
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4/16/2019 12:50:09 PM
<![CDATA[Paris mayor suggests organizing int'l donor conf. to restore Notre Dame]]>
The United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO has also promised to stand "at France's side" to restore the site, which it declared a world heritage site in 1991.

Firefighters have completely extinguished a "significant fire" that broke out at the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on Monday evening.

Both the spire and roof of the cathedral collapsed, but the main structure was preserved.]]>
4/16/2019 12:24:27 PM
<![CDATA[Fire at Aqsa was due to playing fire by children playing -- Officials]]>
The department in a statement lauded efforts by the fire squad of the mosque who were able to put out the fire that went off in the guard's room and control it in a very short time.

The department urged worshipers to urge their children not to play with fire especially inside the mosque.

Meanwhile, President Mahmoud Abbas warned of targeting places of worshiping and underlined the necessity of preserving them for their humanitarian and religious value. ]]>
4/16/2019 12:07:45 PM
<![CDATA[Death certificates issued for Egyptian victims of Ethiopia plane crash]]>
The ministry has ratified the certificates and completed all necessary procedures, he added in a statement.

The certificates were delivered to their families at the ministry's HQs, Mahmoud said.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 was heading from Addis Ababa to Nairobi of Kenya, when crashed on 10 March.

All aboard, 157 people including six Egyptians, were killed. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.]]>
4/16/2019 11:25:24 AM
<![CDATA[Atomic Authority inks deal to import low-enriched uranium fuel]]>
The signature was conducted on the sidelines of the ATOMEXPO 2019 International Forum on Monday in Sochi, Russia.

In 2014, Egypt and Russia announced their cooperation in the nuclear power field. On November 19, 2015, an agreement was finally signed between Cairo and Moscow that allows Russia to build a nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean city of Dabaa, with Russia extending a $25 billion loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction. The loan will cover 85 percent of the plant, with Egypt funding the remaining 15 percent.

According to the deal, Russian nuclear firm Rosatom will finance and construct four third-generation reactors, with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts (MW) each, for a total of 4,800 MW. The plant will be built on approximately 12,000 feddans and is expected to create over 50,000 job opportunities.

Nuclear energy is part of the government’s plan to diversify its energy sources to prevent any future crisis resulting from shortages in electricity.]]>
4/16/2019 11:24:19 AM
<![CDATA[Notre Dame: "The entire fire is out," says Paris Fire Brigade]]>
"The entire fire is out. We've now entered the expertise phase," said Gabriel Plus, the spokesman for the Paris fire brigade, adding that the "violent fire" had "spread very quickly over the entire roof" on "about 1,000 square metres".

Smoke could be seen billowing out from the top of the medieval cathedral in to the early hours of Tuesday, as flames leapt out beside its two bell towers, euronews reported.

One firefighter was seriously injured in the blaze — the only reported casualty.

Both the spire and roof of the cathedral collapsed, but the main structure was preserved, Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters at the scene.

"We now believe that the two towers of Notre-Dame have been saved," he added.

Gallet said that the operation was focused on preserving the rear of the cathedral where the most valuable works are located.

But even though the entirety of the fire has been extinguished, authorities are not certain whether the cathedral's structure will resist, said French junior interior Minister Laurent Nunez.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. The Paris Prosecutor has opened an official investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

An investigation was opened for accidental destruction by fire, said Paris prosecutors.

A group of 16 copper statues escaped the blaze as they were removed from the cathedral's roof on April 11 for restoration work, as part of a €6 million renovation project.

French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild Notre-Dame in a public address.

"Notre-Dame is burning, and I know the sadness, and this tremor felt by so many fellow French people. But tonight, I'd like to speak of hope too," he said, announcing the launch of a fundraising campaign.

"Let's be proud, because we built this cathedral more than 800 years ago, we've built it and, throughout the centuries, let it grow and improved it. So I solemnly say tonight: we will rebuild it together," he added. ]]>
4/16/2019 11:14:35 AM
<![CDATA[Health minister: Sisi orders treating student at state expense]]>
The girl has been in a coma since Saturday, when she was admitted to the Fever Hospital in Abbassiya, spokesman for the Health Ministry Dr Khaled Megahed said in a statement Tuesday.

Hanin Mohamed Abdel Aziz is suffering from weakness in the muscles of legs and arms, in addition to a sore throat and a very high fever, Megahed added.

She is at the intensive care unit and is hooked-up to a ventilator, he made it clear.

A medical check up showed that the girl also suffers from Guillain-Barre syndrome, the spokesman said.

The minister ordered early Tuesday sending the girl to the Nasser Institute Hospital, Megahed added.]]>
4/16/2019 11:07:22 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi inspectes renovated military base in Alamain]]>
Sisi got firsthand information about search operations and measures to upgrade combat efficiency, said presidential spokesman Bassam Radi]]>
4/16/2019 10:52:25 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt' media council signs MoU with Arab union]]>
The deal aims at boosting aspects of joint cooperation to serve the interests of media workers. ]]>
4/16/2019 10:42:46 AM
<![CDATA[French President Macron: "We'll rebuild Notre-Dame together"]]>
"Notre-Dame is our history, our literature, part of our psyche, the place of all our great events, our epidemics, our wars, our liberations, the epicenter of our lives," Macron told reporters in front of the still burning Paris landmark.

"Notre-Dame is burning, and I know the sadness, and this tremor felt by so many fellow French people. But tonight, I'd like to speak of hope too," he said, announcing the launch of a fundraising campaign.

"Let's be proud, because we built this cathedral more than 800 years ago, we've built it and, throughout the centuries, let it grow and improved it. So I solemnly say tonight: we will rebuild it together," he added. ]]>
4/16/2019 12:19:17 AM
<![CDATA[Sudan transitional military council's deputy says Sudanese forces will remain in Yemen]]>
General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo said in a statement to SUNA: "We are adhering to our commitment to the coalition, and our forces will remain until the coalition fulfills its goals."]]>
4/15/2019 11:37:59 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi expresses solidarity with France over Paris cathedral fire]]>
On his official Facebook page, Sisi said he had received reports on the fire with great sadness.

The loss of such a great humanitarian monument represents a great loss for all humanity, he added.

He expressed Egypt's solidarity with France, expressing the hope impacts of such sad human moment would be remedied soon.]]>
4/15/2019 11:26:54 PM
<![CDATA[Fire devastates Notre-Dame Cathedral, centuries-old Parisian landmark]]>
Flames that began in the early evening burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof.

A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area. Parisians watched on, many of them lost for words.

"Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn," President Emmanuel Macron tweeted.

"Basically the whole rooftop is gone. I see no hope for the building," said witness Jacek Poltorak, watching the fire from a fifth-floor balcony two blocks from the southern facade of the cathedral, one of France's most visited places.

Firefighters tried to contain the blaze with water hoses and cleared the area around Notre-Dame, which sits on an island in the River Seine and marks the very centre of Paris.

Buildings around were evacuated.

Nobody was injured, junior interior minister Laurent Nunez said at the scene, adding: "It's too early to determine the causes of the fire." France 2 television reported that police were treating it as an accident.

"Everything is collapsing," a police officer near the scene said as the entire roof of the cathedral continued to burn.

Macron cancelled an address to the nation that he had been due to give later on Monday evening. A presidential official said Macron was to go to the scene of the blaze.

The cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, features in Victor Hugo's classic novel "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame". It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts millions of tourists every year.

The Gothic cathedral is famed for its many carved stone gargoyles, stunning stained glass windows and the flying buttresses that hold up its walls.

"There are a lot of art works inside...it's a real tragedy," Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told reporters at the scene.

The cathedral was in the midst of renovations, with some sections under scaffolding and bronze statues were removed last week for works.

The wood and lead spire was built during a restoration in the mid-19th century, according to the cathedral's website.]]>
4/15/2019 8:43:34 PM
<![CDATA[Cairo to witness unstable, rainy weather in upcoming days]]>CAIRO – 15 April 2019: A state of unstable weather and a 6-degree decline in temperature will hit Egypt in the coming days accompanied by rainfall and dust in some coastal cities, according to meteorological experts.

Cold weather extends from northern Egypt to mid-Cairo. Upper Egypt will witness moderate weather during the day and cold weather during the night.

This will be accompanied by low winds and relative humidity which will affect visibility and cause disorder in maritime navigation on the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

The Mediterranean Sea waves will reach 1.5 meter and the Red Sea waves will reach 2.5 meters.

Temperatures are expected to be as follows:

Cairo: 21 - 15 °C
Alexandria: 19 - 14 °C
Mersa Matruh: 21 - 15 °C


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4/15/2019 3:46:29 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt seeks to recycle 80 percent of garbage in 7 years - min.]]>
Now, only 20 percent of collected garbage is recycled while the rest is being buried, the minister told the parliament's industry committee meeting under Farag Amer.

To hit this target, Fouad underlined the importance of setting up appropriate infrastructure for landfills, closing random garbage dumps and promoting citizens' awareness of the importance of societal responsibility.

She called for enhancing cooperation with development partners, including the Military Production Ministry, as regards the nationwide waste management mechanism.

She said over the past few years the Environment Ministry managed to list all factories operating in the garbage recycling domain and determine the types of garbage coming from each governorate to be sorted and handled in the best way possible. ]]>
4/15/2019 1:39:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Greece, Cyprus launch Medusa-8 drills Monday ]]>
This comes within the framework of the annual plan of joint exercises carried out by the Egyptian Armed Forces to strengthen and support military cooperation with fraternal and friendly countries.

The drill will last for several days with the aim of boosting military cooperation among the three countries.

The main units taking part in the exercise include the Egyptian navy helicopter carrier ENS Anwar El Sadat, Type 209 submarine and a number of F-16 jets.

In 2015, Egypt and Greece held their first joint exercise Medusa 5.

The exercise is one of the most important drills in the Mediterranean and reflects the level of cooperation among Egypt, Greece, and Cyprus.

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4/15/2019 1:01:50 PM
<![CDATA[Education min.: Egypt has ambitious plan to turn Egypt into academic hub]]>
He cited the government's ambitious plan to turn Egypt into an academic hub in the region, highlighting the president's support for the plan.

Shawqi made the remarks during a meeting here on Monday with Elsevier Chairman Youngsuk Chi.

In a statement, Shawqi highlighted the key role played by the knowledge bank in supporting the new educational system.

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar hailed the role played by the knowledge bank in serving higher education and scientific research.

Chi welcomed cooperation with Egypt in the education technology domain, noting that this goes in line with the company's vision which is meant to develop education worldwide. ]]>
4/15/2019 12:45:04 PM
<![CDATA[Headmaster in Gharbia imprisoned as student dies inside cesspool]]>
The six-year old child died after he fell in to a cesspool inside the school, during the physical education period. According to some reports, Attempts to rescue the child took around four hours to no avail. Eventually, the body of the child could be removed from the cesspool, after he passed away.

The deputy head teacher of the school was also sentenced to two years in prison and a bail of LE 20,000 pounds, while a physical education teacher got a six-year imprisonment. The fourth defendant in the case was acquitted of all charges.

Earlier in April, the governor suspended the three defendants, and ordered referring them to the Public Prosecution over dereliction, which caused the child to fall into the cesspool and consequently die. The governor also decided to hand LE 10,000 to the family of the child.

Some reports claim that the child died immediately after he fell into the cesspool, without revealing the cause of death, while others say that the child drowned inside it.


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Mother of Mohamed al-Bahnasi, the deceased child, displays her son's photo


Similar incidents

Egypt’s Education Minister Tarek Shawki ordered in January an immediate investigation into the death of three year old Malika in Giza after her school bus ran over her.

The student went to El-Radwa Language Schools located in 6th of October city.

The ministry affirmed that it will punish the ones responsible for the accident after the end of the investigations. A surveillance camera picked up the incident. However, Egypt Today is not publishing the video due to its disturbing nature.

Such a horrible incident came shortly after a wall of a building, reportedly illegally included inside al-Manara private school in Marg district northeast of Cairo, collapsed in December, causing the death of one student and the injury of many others.

Shawki suspended the general director of al-Marg Educational Administration, the under-secretary of administration and the director of private education until an investigation is conducted on whether the school notified the concerned parties about the state of the wall and took the necessary cautionary measures for the students' safety.


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4/15/2019 12:31:17 PM
<![CDATA[A Brighter future for psoriasis patients in Egypt]]>
It can reduce 90% of psoriasis area as it showed high levels in complete and sustained skin clearance just after 16 weeks, this treatment is given by subcutaneous injection through one starter dose at the beginning of the treatment and the other one after four weeks, followed by one dose every eight weeks thereafter. The patient can inject himself after taking the proper training.

Tremfya® (Guselkumab) is the first biologic that selectively blocks interleukin (IL)-23 which is considered as the key driver of the immune inflammatory response in psoriasis. Because of Tremfya® (Guselkumab), there will be a better tomorrow for psoriasis patients in Egypt; Psoriasis patients suffer not only from severe pain but also from social exclusion because of the community's aversion to them despite the fact that psoriasis is a non-infectious disease,

Professor of dermatology, Dr. Assam Farag said that the plaque psoriasis is the most common form of patients. It usually appears as gradually raised areas of inflated skin covered with silvery-white scaly skin, while the top upper cortical layers peel easily, the lower ones are much more cohesive, this explains the reason behind the severe dryness, itching, swelling, and pain which most of patients’ experience. The most commonly areas where the pervious symptoms appears are on the elbows, knees, scalp, ear and lower back.

He also added: statistics indicate that there are more than one million Egyptian patients, of which 145,000 are moderate and severe. People with psoriasis report physical pain and seriousness of disease, as well as its adverse emotional effects. The social stigma contributes to poor psychosocial adjustment, so that the patient refuses any kind of close friendships/ relationships. These psycho-social impacts can therefore negatively affect the prognosis of disease.

From her side,Dr. Mahira Hamdy el Sayed, professor of dermatology, university of Ain Shams, said that psoriasis is a serious skin disease and thus a large number of research studies took place aiming to reach a new and effective treatment for IL-23.She added: Tremfya® (Guselkumab) offers an effective mechanism of action and shows superior efficacy compared with other biologic treatments through inhibiting pro-inflammatory signaling molecules (interleukins) that activate immune cells in psoriasis, as it offers long-lasting control of the symptoms of psoriasis.

Dr. Huda Rashid, professor and head of the department of dermatology of Kasr al-Ainy faculty of medicine, explained that psoriasis is a chronic disease which needs long term management. Psoriasis patients experience many adverse emotional effects such as depression, grief and embarrassment which are frequently undermined by others and can lead to a vicious cycle of despair. As public culture prevails that psoriasis is a contagious disease, therefore psoriasis patients suffer of social isolation. Our main goal is to change misconceptions and replace them with the correct scientific concepts. She added: "we are working to always deliver new hopes for patients and help them meet all challenges at all levels.

Dr Huda added that the new treatment has been already approved in the United States and is used in the treatment of psoriasis; it offers people the chance of better and more sustained control of their psoriasis.

Dr Emad al-Din Al Jamal -head of the Egyptian psoriasis association- said that psoriasis is non-infectious chronic disease, and is considered one of the most common skin diseases, where percentage of diseased persons count for 1-2% of total Egyptian population. Dr. Emad explained that the reason behind the psoriasis is the increased speed of skin cells mitosis and genetics plays a role in its incidence.
Dr Emad added that recent clinical trials tested Guselkumabefficacy and the results showed remarkable efficacy in clearing psoraises patients skins.

The managing director of Janssen in north Africa, Dr. Ramez Mohsen announced that the treatment is now being used in a number of countries around the world. The results have demonstrated superior efficacy as Guselkumab demonstrated sustained skin clearance. 50% of the patients reached complete skin clearance, 80% of the patients reached almost complete skin clearance for up to three years. The treatment has been tested in undergoing studies for three years and has proven to be complying to international safety standards. This treatment is notable for subcutaneous injection on monthly basis (after the starter dose) which offers patients superior efficacy and comfort as the patients’ reports have shown.

Additionally, Dr. Ramez Mohsen explained that Janssenhas a long history of research in dermatology, especially immunological diseases. Janssen has a group of prominent scientists in the development and production of anti fungal treatments such as dr. Paul Janssen.The company then took a scientific path at the highest level through its production of Remicade, which considered as a leading medicine in the treatment of psoriasis. Then the company produced more advanced medicines such as Stelara, which proved efficiency in treating many diseases such as psoriasis, the thing that led the company's direction towards producing a special treatment that summarizes the largest and most recent researches and studies of the company in treating psoriasis: Tremfya® (Guselkumab).

The history of Janssenin the dermatology field qualifies for introducing a product that proves high levels of efficiency and long-lasting control of this debilitating disease and maintain the quality of life of patients of moderate and severe psoriasis with proper safety standards.

Dr. Ramez finally added: it’s necessary to mention that Tremfyais the first biologic treatment approved by the ministry of health under resolution 820, which allows the registration of FDA-approved treatments and European EMEA in a short period of up to three months, which confirms the ministry's mission to provide advanced biological treatments that help to heal the Egyptian patient as soon as possible.

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4/15/2019 11:57:32 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Ministry of Transport renews site of Ramses train fire]]>
The ministry also completed the renovation of the building damaged by the collision that led to the fire, according to official sources on Saturday.

The Ministry of Transport assigned the renovation works to Nile Company for the construction of roads affiliated to the Ministry of Transport.

A train locomotive, with no driver on board, was seen moving at an extremely high speed and crashing into the platform's buffer stop, causing an explosion of the fuel tank and triggering a huge blaze that left 22 people dead, and 41 injured, according to the health minister's latest remarks. Police ordered taking DNA samples from the dead to know their relatives.

The accused driver, Alaa Fathy, said that the crashed locomotive was hit by another locomotive moving in an opposite direction at the maintenance area, pushing Fathy to change the locomotive to another direction. Then, Fathy got out of the rail car and quarreled with his colleague without braking.

Consequently, the locomotive moved and crashed into the platform, according to the initial investigations.

Meanwhile, the General Prosecution has asked for the National Security investigative reports to probe into any possible link between the driver and outlawed terrorist organizations.

The source said it was not the first incident of its kind, as two trains had moved before without drivers.

The first time was in Alexandria two years ago, he said, adding that the train at the time moved on its own, while it was maintained.Another train moved from one of the workshops of Ramses Station a year and a half ago and was controlled without losses.

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4/15/2019 11:46:40 AM
<![CDATA[All you need to know about expected Egyptian Senate mandate]]>
The Committee discussed the articles 249 and 248 of the constitution in which the tasks of the Senate chamber are identified as the following:
Discuss the plans allocated for the Social and Economic Development

Supervise the treaties related to the rights of sovereignty.

The Senate shall study bills suggested by the President.

The Senators shall express their opinion on suggestions of constitutional amendments.

The Senators shall study the bills sent by the presidents that deal with the public policy and the Arab and foreign affairs.

The Senate shall give its opinion on these matters to the President of the Republic and the House Speaker.

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4/14/2019 11:42:20 PM
<![CDATA[FMs of Egypt, Congo-Brazzaville discuss bilateral ties, Libya turmoil ]]>
The Congolese foreign minister handed Shourky a written letter from Congo’s President Denis Sassou Nguessoto President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, in light of Egypt’s presidency of the African Union in 2019, Hefzy said.

Both sides tackled the ongoing military escalation in Libya, agreeing on the necessity of settling the Libyan turmoil to bring stability and peace to its people, Hefzy continued.

Since April 4, the Libyan National Army, led by Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar, has taken advance on Libyan troops of the internationally-recognized government led by Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj.


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4/14/2019 3:36:15 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Haftar discuss Libya’s turmoil]]>
Since April 4, LNA troops have taken military advance on Tripoli-based militias affiliated to the internationally-recognized government led by Faiz al Sarraj.

The Tobruk-based Libyan National Army has controlled the eastern territories of the country. Haftar was appointed as commander of the army on March 2, 2015 by the Libyan House of Representatives.

The Libyan National Army recaptured the cities of Benghazi and Derna in 2017 and 2018 respectively through “Operation Dignity”. The operation was launched in 2014 and since then has regained control over many oil facilities and ports.

UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that Libya is on the brink of “a very dangerous situation” as forces loyal to Sarraj’s government and a rival strongman battle for control of the capital.

Thousands of people have fled heavy fighting on the outskirts of Tripoli that left dozens dead and prompted mounting global alarm.
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4/14/2019 2:01:20 PM
<![CDATA[Abul Gheit: Labor market regulation key element in Arab economic system]]>
"Developing the rules of this market, and expanding it to include more young people and women in particular, is no doubt a key objective of most Arab governments facing unemployment rates that exceed their global counterparts," Abul-Gheit told the 46th Arab labor conference.

He warned that the labor market in many Arab countries suffers from many imbalances, the most serious of all is the absence of integration between the labor markets and the output of the educational process.

He also noted that it suffers from shortage in some specialties and in skilled and trained workers in certain disciplines, which necessitates the development of the Arab educational and training policies, and linking them to the labor market.

The pan-Arab body's chief warned also of challenges posed by the 4th industrial revolution and the need of constant training.

He urged putting into effect Arab agreements and recommendations related to the labor market.]]>
4/14/2019 1:32:04 PM
<![CDATA[Iran flood death toll rises to 76]]>
"With the death of five people in the Khuzestan province flood and another person in Ilam province the death toll has now reached 76," since March 19, according to a statement published online by the coroner's office.

The two southwestern provinces are the latest overwhelmed by floods that first hit the northeast of the usually arid country, forcing hundreds of thousands to evacuate from cities and villages, Fars news agency reported.

The floods have caused immense damage with homes, roads, infrastructure and agriculture all hit.]]>
4/14/2019 12:39:13 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt land of security, stability: Portuguese defense minister]]>
According to a statement issued by Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi, Cravinho said that the five-year successful Egyptian experiment headed by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi acts as an inspiration to all countries in the region.

the statement added that the two sides discussed ways of enhancing military cooperation.

Early, Sisi received Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz in Cairo. The two top diplomats discussed ways of boosting bilateral relations in all fields, as well as regional and international issues of common concern.

On Monday, April 15, President of the Arab Organization for Industrialization Abdel Moneam Altras will meet the Portuguese Minister of Defense, within the framework of the joint cooperation sought by the Arab Organization for Industrialization, with major countries and companies in the world.
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4/14/2019 12:32:56 PM
<![CDATA[Palestinian prisoners enter 7th day of hunger strike]]>
The prisoners had declared an open-ended hunger strike on Monday.

In statements on Sunday, Chairman of the Commission of Detainees Affairs Qadri Abu Bakr expected a breakthrough in negotiations with IPS.

He noted that Palestinian prisoners had demanded that the IPS remove all electronic jamming devices in several prisons, which are believed to have an impact on their health in addition to allowing visits by families of Gaza prisoners, installing public phones in the prisons, ending raids of cells and assaults and improving medical service.]]>
4/14/2019 12:10:36 PM
<![CDATA[President Sisi receives Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs]]>
The two top diplomats discussed ways of boosting bilateral relations in all fields, as well as regional and international issues of common concern.

The statement reported that the Polish minister is scheduled to meet with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry.

Following the meeting, a joint press conference will gather Shoukry and Czaputowicz.]]>
4/14/2019 11:53:56 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Sisi inspects Rod el Farag axis ahead of inauguration]]>
The last part of Rod el Farag bridge was installed in preparation for opening it.

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4/14/2019 11:47:48 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi's visit contributed to approaching Egyptian, Arab-US views: Saudi writer]]>
In an article published by Kuwaiti newspaper Al Seyassah on Sunday, the Saudi writer underscored the significance of the visit in light achievements realized by Egypt in various fields.

"The visit stresses that Egypt retained it's genuine role that has been frozen post January 25 revolution, 2011, amid Qatar and Turkey's attempts to curb Egypt's original role in a host of issues," writer Harbi said.

Titled "Review of Egyptian president's visit to Washington", the article said "Egypt managed to face terrorism and realize notable economic achievements after adopting the economic reform program that contributed to luring investments, topped by the US ones that hit 16 billion dollars,"

The Saudi writer shed light on praise president Trump heaped on Sis's efforts, deeming such praise a proof that relations among the two countries are chiefly restored.

"Sisi's successful movements pause as a slap in the face for plotters who thought destroying the country," the writer concluded the article. ]]>
4/14/2019 11:45:58 AM
<![CDATA[YLE launches second phase of #BeatPlasticPollution initiative]]>
The initiative is taking place starting April 13, 2019 until April 12, 2021, and will be divided into several stages that will be later announced.

The second edition of this initiative, which aims to protect the environment in Egypt and North Africa, aims at limiting the danger of plastic wastes, which require hundreds of years to decompose. It will cover entire coastal areas from Aswan to the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Suez, South Sinai, and Alexandria.

Moreover, the initiative also includes organizing awareness campaigns and workshops in schools, universities and local communities. This is in collaboration with around 21 north African foundations.

Media representatives were welcomed by the foundation to attend the activities of the initiative that will take place on Saturday 13 April from 9.30 am to 12 noon at the Sea Scout Club in Giza next to the Abbas Bridge. There will also be activities at the same time in the sea scouts in Ismailia, specifically Lake Tamsah and Assiut Corniche in collaboration with Al Azhar University and Safaga.
In 2018, the Egyptian Ministry of Environment announced taking part in the 2018 World Environment Day under the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution”, which focuses on how plastic, one of the most dangerous pollutants, affects our ecosystems and environment.

Former Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy said the ministry launched in 2017 a new national initiative to reduce the consumption of plastic bags, and use biodegradable bags as well as long term bags.

Fahmy said during the celebrations of the World Environment Day that bags made of recycled fabric are a better alternative for plastic, adding that plastic bags will no longer be available for free.

In the same context, Mohamed Shehab, CEO of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), said that the national EU-funded initiative to reduce the consumption of plastic bags has been launched on June 5, 2017, during which around 4.5 million tons of biodegradable plastic bags were distributed in 18 months.

He further explained that Egypt is committed to the 2030 strategic development plan for sustainable development to stop using plastic bags, remarking that several Arab and African countries have already done so.

He said that Egypt consumes 12 billion tons of single-use plastic bags annually, at a cost of LE 2 billion, adding that the agency tends to reduce the use of plastic bags through encouraging producers to manufacture disposable and paper bags.

In line with the global move to reduce the consumption of plastic bags, Fahmy extended the activities of his ministry’s new national initiative called “Enough Plastic Bags”.

Fahmy participated on May 4 in an initiative by distributing 4,500 non-woven bags as alternatives to traditional non-recycled plastic bags.

About 4,500 eco-friendly biodegradable plastic bags, which decompose through living organisms, have been circulated since the launch of the initiative.

Many animals die after swallowing these plastic bags. Plastic bags are also often burned, releasing toxic fumes into the atmosphere.

As part of the initiative, the Ministry of Environment has launched a public advertisement campaign to raise awareness on the hazard of plastic bags.

Many other African counties have launched initiatives to put an end to the plastic bag hazard. In 2008, Rwanda became one of the first African countries to impose a complete ban on thin plastic bags as part of its Vision 2020 plan for sustainability. Currently, all plastic bags used in Rwanda are biodegradable.

It is worth mentioning that the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) said that Red Sea Governor Ahmed Abdullah announced banning the use of single-use plastic starting June 1st, due to its serious environmental damages.

HEPCA, an NGO specialized in conserving marine and land in Egypt's Red Sea, said that the use of disposable plastic causes the death of hundreds of thousands of living creatures in the world.

The decision comes to "protect the threatened and endangered species which are severely affected by ingestion, starvation, suffocation, drowning, entanglement and toxicity from plastic remains which affects the human health accordingly," HEPCA explained

The governorate will prevent factories from producing or distributing plastic bags in the city, according to HEPCA.

The decision to ban the use of the disposable plastic will apply to food outlets, coffee shops, supermarkets, butchers, groceries, pharmacies and other facilities, according to HEPCA, excluding the use of heavy duty garbage bags from the ban.

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4/14/2019 11:32:46 AM
<![CDATA[In Pics: Indonesian community in Egypt vote in 2019 general elections]]>
It is the first time in the country’s history since independence in 1945 for the Indonesian people to vote in the general elections (presidential and legislative elections) on the same day to elect the president, vice president and members of the People's Representative Council of Indonesia (the parliament).

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Ambassador Helmy Fawzy casts his vote in the 2019 Indonesian General Elections on Saturday- press photo



“Voting process in the Cairo-based embassy has a celebrating atmosphere, and this reflects the high turnout of the voters,” said Indonesian ambassador Helmy Fawzy.

A total of 7,671 eligible voters in Egypt casted their ballots in 15 polling stations, said Mohamed Amin Abdel-Samad, head of the General Election Committee in Cairo, adding that 85 percent of the voters are students, who study al-Azhar University. He also noted that 50 percent of those students were added this year to the list of the eligible voters.

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Ambassador Helmy Fawzy and a group of students pose for a picture after voting in the 2019 general elections- Press photo


According the election schedule, Indonesian expatriates worldwide cast their ballot on Saturday, while the eligible voters will vote domestically on April 17.

The voters have to choose between the incumbent President Joko Widodo (aka Jokowi), who had run for a second term, and his rival Prabowo Subianto. Meanwhile, they have to elect 575 out of 7,968 members nominated by 16 political parties for the parliament seats.

Ambassador’s Helmy fawzy’s spouse Dwi Ria Latifa ran for the parliamentarian election. “Indonesia has a great number of women, who have important roles in all fields and in the Indonesian government. In the Indonesian parliament, women’s quota is 30 percent,” Mrs. Latifa told Egypt Today in previous remarks.




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4/13/2019 6:04:43 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan’s ruling military council lifts curfew, releases political detainees]]>
In a statement, new head of the transitional military council Abdel Fattah Burhan announced on Saturday that the council will hold consultations with the all political parties to form an agreed-upon civilian government. He added that the transitional period will last for two years.

He also announced that the curfew has been lifted and all protesters who political detainees will be released.

Burhan was swore on as the new head of the transitional council, after his predecessor Minister of Defense Awad Bin Auf had resigned one day following the ouster of al-Bashir.
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4/13/2019 5:09:27 PM
<![CDATA[Trump nominates Jonathan R. Cohen as ambassador to Egypt]]>
In a

statement

on Thursday, the white House announced that the nomination of Cohen was sent to the Senate.

The nomination was announced two days after Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's visit to the White House on April 9.

The position of US ambassador to Egypt has been vacant since July 2017 when the former ambassador Robert S. Beecroft left the post. Since then, U.S. Charge D’Affaires Thomas Goldberger has been in charge.

During the period between 2016 and 2018, Cohen was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs for Cyprus, Greece and Turkey, according the

US Missions to the UN website

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4/13/2019 4:00:49 PM
<![CDATA[NCW head Morsi receives doctoral degree from harkhand Rai Uni.]]>
Dr. Morsi is the second Arab and African woman, and the only one from outside India this year, to receive an honorary doctorate in this field from the University of Jharkhand Rai in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

She was conferred with the degree in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Women Empowerment and Peace.

The NCW was invited to attend the gala inaugural ceremony of the Women Economic Forum 2019 in New Delhi, India, to honor Dr. Morsi.

Nobel prize laureate Tunisian businesswoman WidedBouchamaoui was the first Arab African woman to receive an honorary doctorate degree in philosophy and women empowerment from the same university.

Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and author, who has written several books on the archetypal psychology of women and men in the development of spirituality, also received an honorary doctorate degree from the university along with Richard A. D’Aveni, a Bakala Professor of Strategy at Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth, USA.

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4/13/2019 3:29:57 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi orders full support for a successful AFCON edition: Madboui]]>
Addressing the tournament draw ceremony, the premier added that Egypt enjoys enormous potential in all areas, and is capable of hosting all major tournaments and events.

Egypt was granted the tournament's hosting rights in January after planned host Cameroon was forced to stand down due to lack of preparation.

Twenty-four teams for the first time in the history of the competition will take part, and will be divided into six groups.

It will take place from June 21 to July 13, having been moved from January/February to avoid club-versus-country clashes.

The Pharaohs are seeking to win the prestigious title for the first time since 2010, the last of their record seven victories.]]>
4/13/2019 3:18:39 PM
<![CDATA[Arab Parliament chief urges protecting Yemeni children from Houthi crimes]]>
Salami’s remarks were made at a session of the Yemeni House of Representatives that convened Saturday morning in Sayoun city for the first time since the war started.

He called on the international community to confront the Iranian aggression against Yemen, al Hadath channel quoted Salami as saying.

The Arab Parliament speaker also urged the United Nations to name the party that hinders the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement between Yemen's warring parties on Hodeidah city.]]>
4/13/2019 3:06:21 PM
<![CDATA[Yellow Vests look to keep up pressure with 22nd consecutive Saturday of protests]]>
Several hundred people had begun marching in Paris by 1pm on Saturday. Protests are also slated for Marseille, Grenoble, Lille and other cities.

On social media, Yellow Vest protesters in Toulouse were called on to keep up the fight against President Emmanuel “Macron and his world” and to “show that everything is just getting started after the results of the big debate”.

Prime MinisterÉdouard Philippe on Monday presented the initial findings of a vast, nearly three-month-long public consultation known as the Grand Débat. Macron launched the initiative in January in response to the Yellow Vest unrest saying he “intend[ed] to transform violence into solutions”.

The new anti-rioting law, which was partially censured by the country’s Constitutional Council before taking effect and which has been condemned by dozens of organisations, makes it illegal to cover one’s face during demonstrations.

Last week, “Act 21” of the protests drew 22,300 people into the streets, the Interior Ministry said, the lowest official figure since the demonstrations began in mid-November.

Saturday’s showing is due to serve as merely a foretaste to larger demonstrations slated for April 20, with Macron expected to present his response to the nationwide debate in a speech in the interim.]]>
4/13/2019 3:02:35 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan's intelligence, security chief resigns]]>
Head of Sudan's transitional military council Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan accepted the resignation of the NISS chief, Sudan News Agency reported on Saturday.]]>
4/13/2019 2:47:25 PM
<![CDATA[Azhar Univ. sacks professors on 'stripping' incident]]>
Other dismissal penalties were given to the students, who took part in the incident, the university’s media center chief Ghanem Saeed said.

Saeed added that the university took stricter decision and legal measures against all those involved in the incident as soon as it got briefed with the indecent and shameful acts.

He stressed that the incident was an individual act and the Al Azhar University had nothing to do with it as it also violated all the norms and ethics of this respectful institution.

A video circulated on social media networks showed an Azhar professor ordering two of his students to take off their pants in class, in front of a fully packed class hall. This resulted in the students stripping and the rest of class cheering. ]]>
4/13/2019 11:36:21 AM
<![CDATA[Azhar Observatory condemns anti-Salah racist chants]]>
Salah was racially offended because he is Arab and Muslim, the observatory said in a statement.

It also described the chants as a dangerous indicator.

Jurgen Klopp has condemned "disgusting" racist abuse aimed at Mohamed Salah and called for lifetime bans for the Chelsea fans accused of taunting the Liverpool star.

A video circulated on social media ahead of Chelsea's Europa League match at Slavia Prague this week showed a group of six supporters chanting "Salah is a bomber" repeatedly.

MENA and AFP contributed to this report ]]>
4/13/2019 11:08:58 AM
<![CDATA[Burhan sworn in as head of Sudan’s transitional military council]]>
Earlier, Defense Minister Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf gave up the post, just one day after he was sworn in as the head of the transitional council.]]>
4/13/2019 11:05:07 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian expats in KSA organize conference endorsing constitutional amendments]]>
The attendees at the conference, raised the slogan of “Yes to the constitutional amendments; together to on the path of giving."

The conference discussed the proposed amendments and its impact on the Egyptian community.

On April 4, Egypt's Ministry of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs announced launching a campaign to respond to the inquiries of Egyptian expats in terms of the currently proposed constitutional amendments and urge them to participate in a planned referendum on these amendments.

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Egyptian expats in KSA organize conference endorsing constitutional amendments - Press Photo


Under the title: "Know.. Participate.. Even if you are abroad," the ministry's campaign aims to open a dialogue with the Egyptians residing abroad and respond to their questions concerning the amendments, according to reports, within the framework of the ministry's keenness to provide various types of support to expats and link them with their homeland.

Immigration Minister Nabila Makram said that the campaign targets raising the Egyptian expats' awareness concerning issues related to the constitutional amendments, affirming the importance of voting in the referendum. She also urged citizens abroad to express their opinion in the referendum and practice such constitutional and national entitlement.


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4/12/2019 9:43:26 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt’s security forces foil terrorist attack in South Sinai]]>
According to an official statement, a group of armed terrorists tried to attack the checkpoint; however the security forces exchanged fire with them.

Two terrorists were announced killed by the forces as a result of the fire exchanging. An explosive belt found with one of the terrorists, was defused as well according to the statement.

On Thursday, Six terrorists affiliated with the Islamist militant group, Hasm Movement, were killed, during a fire exchange with security forces. According to a statement issued by the Ministry of interior, these elements were involved in a number of hostile activities aimed at destabilizing the country's security and stability.

Earlier on March 7, Police forces managed to neutralize seven terrorists in Giza during fire exchanges in two separate locations, the Interior Ministry said in the statement. The neutralized elements reportedly belonged to the Islamist militant group, Hasm Movement.

The police targeted the elements as security investigations revealed they had planned to trigger a bomb in Giza.

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4/12/2019 8:47:42 PM
<![CDATA['Badr 2019' success asserts ability of Army to defend national security: chief of staff]]>
Farid made the remarks while witnessing the final stage of the "Badr 2019" maneuver which has been implemented by the Third Field Army units and the main army units over the past few days.

The several-day maneuver falls within the framework of the annual fighting exercises of the Armed Forces.

The final stage of the exercise involved coordinating efforts between the different units of the Armed Forces.

The Armed Forces always seek honing the combat and administrative skills of fighters in line with the world's latest armament technologies, he said. ]]>
4/12/2019 12:18:06 PM
<![CDATA[Al Azhar condemns Pakistan’s terror blast]]>CAIRO, April 12 (MENA) - Al Azhar has strongly condemned a terrorist attack that hit a fruit market in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on Friday, leaving scores of people dead and wounded.

In a statement on Friday, Al Azhar reiterated its full rejection to these heinous terrorist acts which target civilians and intimidate innocent people.

Al Azhar confirmed that targeting innocent people contradicts the tolerant teachings of Islam and all heavenly religions and humanitarian norms which criminalize all forms of violence and terrorism.

Al Azhar offered its deep condolences to Pakistan's president and people, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.]]>
4/12/2019 12:10:05 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi receives Cote d'Ivoire's highest National Order of Merit]]>
According to statement issued by Egypt’s Presidency spokesperson Bassam Radi, Ouattara gave a speech during the ceremonies, during which he considered Sisi’s visit as historical event, as it’s the first of its kind by an Egyptian President.

Late Thursday, Sisi arrived in Senegal’s Capital, Dakar, as the fourth leg of his foreign tour that took him to Guinea, the United States and Cote d'Ivoire.

During his visit to Guinea on Monday, Sisi received the National Order of Merit, the highest award in Guinea, as well.

"I am pleased and grateful to receive this high order, which represents a historic bond of relations between both countries," President Sisi said in his speech to his Guinean counterpart Alpha Condé at a dinner banquet in Conakry, according to Radi.

President Sisi also invited Condé to visit Cairo in the nearest future, Radi added. President Sisi is the first Egyptian president to pay Guinea an official visit since 1965.
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4/12/2019 11:14:25 AM
<![CDATA[Sisi, Ouattara affirm strengthening bilateral ties]]>
Following his two-day visit to Washington, President Sisi, the president of the African Union in 2019, headed to Cote D'ivoire to boost the bilateral relations between both sides. The Western African country is the second leg for Sisi’s African tour included Guinea and Senegal.

President Ouattara welcomed President Sisi’s unprecedented visit, expressing his country’s keenness to boost the bilateral relations, particularly in Information Technology field, Radi added.

Côte d'Ivoire’s president applauded Egyptian companies’ business in his country, promising to remove all obstacles against the economic investment environment, Radi said.
President Sisi affirmed Egypt’s keenness to encourage Egyptian investments in the African country and to support the infrastructure projects and information technology, and the military cooperation.

As for the international issues of mutual concern, the both leaders talked about the Libyan ongoing military escalation, counter-terrorism efforts, and reconstruction of war-stricken countries, Radi said.

Egypt was one of the first countries to recognize the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire in the same year of its independence in 1960. The first Egyptian diplomatic representation was established at the level of Chargé d'Affaires in 1963, raising representation to the level of the embassy in 1967 in Cairo in the same year, said Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) in a report on Wednesday.

The report noted that Egypt and Côte d'Ivoire share the membership of several organizations, including the United Nations, as well as a number of other regional and international organizations and groups such as the Islamic Conference and the African Union.

In December 2018, President Sisi received an invitation from President Ouattara to visit Yamoussoukro. During a meeting with Vice President of Cote d'Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan, Sisi received a hand-written letter, in which Ouattara invited Sisi to visit his country, according to presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi.
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4/12/2019 11:08:09 AM
<![CDATA[Libyan army orders arrest of Faiz al Sarraj, number of military figures]]>
A statement released by the General Command of the Libyan Army on Thursday night said the arrest warrants included the names of the former head of the Higher State Council Abdel Rahman al Sewehli, head of the national salvation government khalifa al Ghaweel, former Mufti al Sadeq al Gheriani, General Suleiman Mahmoud, General Youssef el Manqoush and other military figures.

The Libyan Military Prosecutor said such elements were involved in harming the unity of the country, charging them of betrayal to the state, inciting sedition and cooperation with foreign elements to break out the war in Libya along with charges of forming illegitimate armed groups, funding terrorism and giving a political cover-up to the head of the national salvation government that has not been internationally recognized.]]>
4/12/2019 1:38:36 AM
<![CDATA[Sudan defense minister sworn in as head of interim military council]]>
The move is being taken after the military ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday following nearly four months of expanding protests.

The broadcaster said military chief of staff Kamal Abdel-Marouf al-Mahi will be the deputy head of the council.]]>
4/12/2019 1:34:56 AM
<![CDATA[Security forces kill 6 terrorist affiliated with Hasm]]>
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of interior, these elements were involved in a number of hostile activities aimed at destabilizing the country's security and stability.

Earlier on March 7, Police forces managed to neutralize seven terrorists in Giza during fire exchanges in two separate locations, the Interior Ministry said in the statement.

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Seized elements during police raids - Press photo


The neutralized elements reportedly belonged to the Islamist militant group, Hasm Movement.

The police targeted the elements as security investigations revealed they had planned to trigger a bomb in Giza, the statement read.

Three elements of Hasm Movement started shooting at policemen who attempted to approach their car, injuring a police officer. Police personnel managed to neutralize the elements and seize their weapons and improvised explosive device inside their vehicle. ]]>
4/12/2019 1:24:17 AM
<![CDATA[President Sisi arrives in Dakar]]>
President Sisi's visit to Senegal is the fourth leg of his foreign tour that took him to Guinea, US and Cote d'Ivoire.]]>
4/11/2019 8:26:47 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian-French naval drill conducted in Mediterranean sea]]>
The manoeuvre was carried out while the French frigate Provence and supply ship Marine were transiting the Suez Canal with the participation of an Egyptian frigate.

The exercise comes as part of the Armed Forces' efforts to boost military cooperation with friendly states.

The participating troops were trained, among other tasks, on countering threats targeting maritime security, and on protecting cargo ships.

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4/11/2019 8:24:13 PM
<![CDATA[BREAKING: Sudan’s army announces overthrow of Bashir’s regime]]>
“The regime was headed off and [its ruler] is under arrest in a safe place,” he said, adding that a transitional military council will be set up to rule the country.

Furthermore, a state of emergency for three months has been announced and a curfew starting from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. has been imposed.

All political detainees were released and the National Assembly of Sudan was dissolved.]]>
4/11/2019 2:20:14 PM
<![CDATA[Sudan's security service announces release of political prisoners]]>
The announcement came after Sudanese sources said President Omar al-Bashir had been forced to step down after three decades in power.]]>
4/11/2019 12:59:26 PM
<![CDATA[11 terrorists killed in Arish: MoI]]>
In a statement on Thursday, the ministry said the national security department received a tip that a group of terrorists was hiding in a building in Abu Eita area in El Arish city, North Sinai, and was orchestrating a number of terrorist operations in several vital areas as well as Armed Forces and police posts.

The security forces exchanged fire with terrorists, liquidating 11 elements.

Two machine guns, five rifles, two explosive devices and two explosive belts were found in the terrorists' possession.

All needed legal measures were taken and investigations are underway.]]>
4/11/2019 12:03:43 PM
<![CDATA[Julian Assange arrested by British police at Ecuadorean embassy]]>
"Julian Assange, 47, has today, Thursday 11 April, been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the Embassy of Ecuador," police said.

Police said they arrested Assange after being "invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorean government's withdrawal of asylum." (Reporting by Costas Pitas and Kate Holton, editing by Guy Faulconbridge)]]>
4/11/2019 11:49:05 AM
<![CDATA[Soldiers raid headquarters of Bashir's Islamic movement in Khartoum]]>
The Islamic movement is the main component of Sudan’s ruling party. Government sources said Bashir had stepped down and consultations were underway to form a transitional council.]]>
4/11/2019 11:12:05 AM
<![CDATA[Sudan's Bashir steps down, government sources say]]>
The minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur, Adel Mahjoub Hussein, told the Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that “there are consultations to form a military council to take over power after President Bashir stepped down”.

Sudanese sources confirmed the report and told Reuters Bashir was at the presidential residence under “heavy guard”.

The military will make an announcement soon, state television said as troops were deployed in Khartoum.

“The armed forces will present an important statement shortly. Be ready for it,” the announcement on state television read, without giving further details.

The army and security services deployed troops around the defense ministry and on major roads and bridges in the capital as thousands of people flocked to an anti-government protest outside the ministry, a Reuters witness said.

Tens of thousands of Sudanese took to the streets in the center of Khartoum in jubilation, dancing and chanting anti-Bashir slogans.

Protesters outside the defense ministry chanted: “It has fallen, we won.”

State television and radio played patriotic music, reminding older Sudanese of how military takeovers unfolded during previous episodes of civil unrest.]]>
4/11/2019 11:08:14 AM
<![CDATA[Farmer killed by snake bite in Menoufeya ]]>
The municipal authorities disposed of accumulated agricultural trash and snakes eggs. Awareness campaigns will be held to inform farmers to put on rubber boots during irrigation to avoid getting bitten.

In summer 2018, snakes infested some rural areas in Beheira governorate causing the death of a citizen, and the injury of seven others. However, the situation was contained. Citizens took part by killing 60 snakes over two weeks.

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4/10/2019 6:25:53 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian made insulin to be exported to 11 countries ]]>
A source told Egypt Today that the ministry signed a contract with a South African country to market Egyptian medicine, made of accredited U.S. materials, in the African continent. There is a target of increasing Egyptian medicine exports to Africa by 30 percent.

The source also disclosed that five medicine factories will be inaugurated in the second half of 2019 saying those will make a huge difference in fulfilling local and African needs. The factories are specialized in producing solutions and insulin, produced for the first time in Egypt. That is in addition to producing distilled water integral for antibiotics which saves a huge amount of money in the local economy.

The source clarified that a medicine can be exported only after reaching local self-sufficiency. Shortage in medicines crucial for chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and heart diseases, has tremendously decreased.

The ministry also studies means to increase the availability of 1,000 important medicines in the local market.
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4/10/2019 6:23:17 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi, the first Egyptian president to visit Cote d'Ivoire: SIS]]>
The report added that this is the second summit between President Sisi and Cote d'Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara, the first being in 2017 on the sidelines of Africa 2017 Forum held in Sharm El Sheikh.

This comes as part of an African tour that includes Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire and Senegal. Sisi is expected to hold talks with leaders of the three African countries on boosting bilateral relations and pushing forward development process in the African continent.

Egypt was one of the first countries to recognize the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire in the same year of its independence in 1960. The first Egyptian diplomatic representation was established at the level of Chargé d'Affaires in 1963, raising representation to the level of the embassy in 1967 in Cairo in the same year, the report added.

The report noted that Egypt and Côte d'Ivoire share the membership of several organizations, including the United Nations, as well as a number of other regional and international organizations and groups such as the Islamic Conference and the African Union.

In December 2018, President Sisi received an invitation from President Ouattara to visit Yamoussoukro. During a meeting with Vice President of Cote d'Ivoire, Daniel Kablan Duncan, Sisi received a hand-written letter, in which Ouattara invited Sisi to visit his country, according to presidential spokesperson Bassam Rady.

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4/10/2019 5:32:35 PM
<![CDATA[American Chamber of Commerce praises economic reform in Egypt]]>
This came during a dinner in honor of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in Washington, according to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi on Tuesday.

Radi’s statement reported that the number of major national projects being implemented will represent an international model for cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.

The members of the chamber stressed their aspiration to enhance American investments in Egypt in various fields, especially in health, energy, technology and tourism.

President Sisi held with US President Donald Trump the sixth summit on Tuesday, April 9, in the United States, the second leg in his overseas tour.

The two leaders discussed enhancing bilateral relations to achieve strategic interests and continue the dialogue on regional issues, according to Radi.
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4/10/2019 5:23:14 PM