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Residents of Egypt's Sinai to be allowed to own local land: PM

Prime Minister Hisham Qandil lays out purchase procedures for would-be local landowners in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, official news agency MENA reports

Ahram Online, Tuesday 30 Oct 2012
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Bedouins in Al-Arish city, North Sinai (Photo: AP)
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Residents of Egyptian Sinai will finally enjoy the right to own land in the peninsula after Prime Minister Hisham Qandil issued a decision laying out purchase procedures for would-be local landowners, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported on Monday.

Qandil stated that all those applying to purchase land plots in Sinai must have two documents: proof that they do not have a second nationality, and a certificate confirming that both parents are Egyptian.

The prime minister added that both Egyptian individuals and corporations would be eligible to own Sinai land, noting that purchases would be done through public bids.

Foreign corporations eying investment projects in Sinai, meanwhile, will be granted contracts on a usufruct basis, Qandil said.

During the era of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, Sinai-based Egyptians and Bedouin tribesmen had campaigned for the amendment of existing laws banning them from land ownership in Sinai for ostensible "security" reasons since Egypt regained the peninsula from Israel in 1981.

According to Qandil, the move will serve to boost development in Sinai by encouraging local investors who will be offered generous facilities and easy-to-meet terms and conditions.

600,000 Egyptian Bedouins live in Sinai and have complained for many years that the central government neglects provision of basic health, education and other services to local residents.

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Maryam Aliyan
24-12-2012 11:19am
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So, I have not 2 Egyptian parents but my roots are here. (father Badu, mother European) I cannot buy land. Is this fair?
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Ayman
02-11-2012 07:53am
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What If?
What if an Egyptian after owning a piece of land in Sinai, gets another nationality? This decision should not be taken lightly as numerous and dangerous attempts would certainly be made to find loopholes to sell the land to foreigners.
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Guest
30-10-2012 06:51am
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preservation of natural beauties
Let us hope Sinai’s unique landscapes with all their magnificent rock formations will remain untouched and protected from industrial activities such as mining. They are part of the world heritage. Destroying them would not just be an environmental sin, but an irretrievable loss to all mankind.
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Ahmed
30-10-2012 01:11am
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Brilliant news
Morsi is on the right track. As long as he can keep the salafists back in their caves and out of public life Egypt is going to be a powerhouse to reckon with! great news and well done Morsi and Qandil
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Ez-Deen, Alex
29-10-2012 05:57pm
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Carbage to Energy
Great news. The next to tackel are Carbage to energy that will improve public health, creat jobs, and reduce medical expenses. I suggest to creat a panel to work with companies and union to ensure fair pay for honest work. Labour coust should be about 20% of revenue. No more SLAVE wages. Tahya Misr. Thanks AO for your professional reportings.
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Amourah Idris, Aswan
29-10-2012 04:56pm
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Good News
I started to like this gov. for its secular, professional approach in confronting and solving problems. The breakup between Brotherhood and Mofsideen fi Al-Erd and politics is wise decision. Let us move forward to the future and solve our problems and social diseases.
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Aladdin, Egypt
29-10-2012 04:51pm
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Landmark Decision: Justice for All
It is historical decision. I personally know those people and they deserve recogntion and be part of our modern society.
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