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Egypt Seeks to End Construction Violations through ‘Reconciliation Law’
Tuesday, 28 May, 2019


A general view of clustered buildings in Cairo, Egypt, January 28, 2018. (Reuters)

Cairo - Asharq Al-Awsat

The Egyptian government is seeking to remove building violations, which have accumulated across the country over the years, by starting the implementation of the law on reconciliation that was approved by parliament in March.

Chairperson of parliament's housing committee Alaa Wali said on Monday that the law would target all violators to legalize the status of illegally constructed buildings.

In comments published by the official news agency MENA, he said that the law would not only cover violators, who received a notice for breaching the law on Unified Building, but also those who had not received notices, but still seek to reconcile with the specialized committee tasked with implementing reconciliation measures.

In May 2008, Egypt passed a new building law that organizes urban planning and provides new rules for construction works in Egypt.

“Any Egyptian citizen who violated the Unified Building law, but had not received any notice over the offense, has the right to present a reconciliation request,” Wali said.

The law aims to take into account the social dimension and public interest of violators, while reconciling and legalizing the status of their property, he continued.

“The law is an opportunity for every citizen to settle his legal condition by reconciling with the specialized committee,” he stressed.

Violators cannot reconcile with the committee following the date of the expiry of a deadline set by the law.

The cabinet is currently preparing the executive list for implementing the law.

In April, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi signed the law after it was passed by parliament.

Wali said that the law aims to serve public interest, not to collect a huge sum of settlement money from violators.

Violators are expected to pay a settlement of EGP50 and EGP2,000 per meter, based on a case-by-case study conducted by a specialized committee that will be responsible for implementing reconciliation measures.

 

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Pompeo, Egypt FM Discuss Regional Affairs
Tuesday, 28 May, 2019


US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. (AFP)

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US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo held a telephone call on Tuesday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

The two officials discussed the strong US-Egypt partnership, as well as the urgent need to achieve a political solution in Libya and prevent further escalation, said the State Department.

They said they looked forward to continued bilateral partnership in important regional security issues, including countering Iran’s dangerous activities.


 

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Sisi Calls For Countering Extremism With Enlightened Thinking
Monday, 3 June, 2019


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi giving a speech during his swearing in ceremony on June 2, 2018, for a second four-year term in office, at the parliament meeting hall in Cairo. | Egyptian presidency / AFP

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for strengthening efforts to confront extremism through an enlightened religious and intellectual discourse.

Speaking during a celebration of the Night of Decree (Laylat al-Qadr), Sisi the people’s behaviors could affect the image of their religion negatively or positively in other nations’ views.

“Strong religion could be weakened by its believers’ behaviors,” the Egyptian president said, adding that Muslims should represent Islam in a good way through their practices.

Sisi warned against the dangers of Islamophobia and called on religious scholars to raise the moderate religious awareness and combat extremism among the youth, adding that the enlightened religious discourse was the best way to fight extremist ideology.

Since his accession to power in 2014, Sisi has focused on the issue of “renewing religious discourse.” His official speeches and interventions at public events often include a call to religious scholars to use moderate rhetoric.

The president expressed his regret at the presence of some hardline and extremist intellectuals, who make Muslims feel insecure.

“We have been killed by our own people for years and we spent a huge amount of money on our security [to be protected] from this ideology,” he stated.

“Our main objective is to preserve the essence of religion and to educate young people to understand the dangers of radical thought on the one hand and the magnitude of challenges and risks on the other,” Sisi added.

 

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Egypt, Pakistan Agree to Bolstering Relations
Saturday, 1 June, 2019


Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. (Reuters)

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Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan agreed on Friday to bolster ties between their countries, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

The officials met in the holy Saudi city of Makkah on the sidelines of their participation in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit.

Cairo and Islamabad will boost ties through visits by parliamentary delegations and contacts between senior officials.

Sisi and Khan also discussed regional and international developments of interest, as well as Islamic affairs, said a statement from the PM’s office.


 

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Three-Year Imprisonment for ‘Returnees From Libya’ in Egypt
11 June, 2019

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An Egyptian court sentenced Monday two convicts to three-year imprisonment in the “Returnees from Libya” case.

They were convicted of involvement in acts of violence and terrorism outside Egyptian territory and planning to target facilities inside the country.

Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Mohammed Farouk and Ashraf al-Sayyed to three years in prison and awarded them criminal costs.

In February 2015, the Attorney General referred them both to criminal prosecution after being arrested at Salloum port on their return from Libya.

The prosecution accused them of receiving military training by al-Qaeda in Libya, joining a group established contrary to the provisions of law, impeding the constitution’s provisions, preventing state institutions and public authorities from carrying out their work, attacking people’s freedom, and harming national unity and social peace.

“They used terrorism as a means to achieve their purposes, and they participated and others in assaulting people, using force and violence against each other and carrying firearms,” it said.

The two convicts were sentenced by a different criminal court, ranging from execution to life imprisonment.

They appealed these sentences to the Court of Cassation, which accepted the appeal and ordered their retrial before a different criminal court.

In another case, the country’s Court of Cassation has commuted a death sentence against a defendant convicted in the case of storming Kerdasa police station in Giza on July 2013 following an appeal filed by the defendant.

It also rejected appeals by three defendants sentenced to life in prison and seven others sentenced to 15 years in the same case.

The prosecution had charged the defendants with premeditated murder, attempted murder, possession of firearms and ammunition and attacks on police officers.

Monday’s Court of Cassation verdict comes more than a year after the defendants were handed jail terms by a Giza criminal court in a retrial in May 2018.

 

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