Egypt established a national council for combating terrorism today, giving it broad authority to set policies aimed at “fighting extremism”, a presidential decree stated.
Several political groupings and oppositional parties organized a press conference on Sunday to reject Parliament’s debate and upcoming vote on a maritime border agreement with Saudi Arabia, slated to involve the handover of the two Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir.
Next year’s elections were recently brought to the forefront after prominent political activist and former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahy called for all political factions to unite and choose a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections.
The Administrative Court rejected on Tuesday a lawsuit filed by Hisham Geneina, former head of the Central Auditing Organisation (CAO), to revoke the decision of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi that sacked him from his post.
Transparency International said on Wednesday that “Corruption levels in Egypt are still high in the absence of a real political will to fight it”, in its Corruption Perception Index 2016.
A Cairo appeals court upheld a verdict issued against the former chief of Egypt’s Central Auditing Authority (CAA) Hesham Geneina in July sentencing him to one year in prison and a fine of LE20,000. On Thursday, the court suspended the prison sentence, and added a conditional three-year probation period to the verdict.
A rare TV interview with Egypt’s former chief auditor – who went on trial for spreading false news after publicly alleging massive government corruption – has been banned, the former official said.
Hisham Geneina, the former head of the Central Auditing Organization (CAO), Egypt’s main oversight body, is still facing the repercussions of the controversial statement he made at the end of 2015 that corruption had cost Egypt nearly 600 billion Egyptian pounds ($76 billion).
After the coup of July 3, 2013, judges in Egypt repeatedly shocked polite world opinion. In hasty proceedings held in police facilities, in the absence of defense attorneys, courts passed down sentences of death and life imprisonment for thousands of supporters of the ousted Muhammad Mursi, Egypt’s first elected president.
A court ordered the dissolution of the Syndicate of Commercial Professions’ executive boards on Monday, placing the syndicate under court-appointed custody until new board members are elected. The ruling applies to the general syndicate, which has its headquarters in Cairo, as well as its 23 branch syndicates in other governorates.