Last Update 13:50
Friday, 20 September 2019

Student delegation to explain withdrawal from meeting with parliament head

At Wednesday press conference, student delegation members will explain their last-minute decision to pull out from Tuesday's scheduled meeting with parliament speaker

Ahram Online , Wednesday 22 Feb 2012
student march
Student protest in Cairo University on Tuesday 21 February (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
Views: 1442
Views: 1442

 A delegation of Egyptian university students will hold a press conference on Wednesday at the Cairo offices of independent daily Al-Shorouk to explain its last-minute withdrawal from a scheduled meeting on Tuesday with Parliament Speaker Mohamed El-Katatni.

The delegation, consisting of students of varying political stripes from several Cairo universities, had been slated to meet with El-Katatni on Tuesday afternoon following its members’ participation in a protest march to the parliament building. Delegation members cancelled the meeting, however, after a number of MPs allegedly attempted to bring additional students into the scheduled meeting.

According to delegation member Halim Heneish, a handful of MPs affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party brought in a number of students – who were unknown to delegation members – who they attempted to merge with the delegation in advance of the meeting.

Heneish said that he recognised two of the students in question, who, he alleged, had belonged to student unions previously controlled by ousted president Hosni Mubarak's now-defunct National Democratic Party.

On Tuesday, roughly one thousand university students marched from Cairo University to the parliament building in downtown Cairo, answering calls for nationwide rallies commemorating the 66th anniversary of Egypt's 1946 student/workers uprising against the British occupation.

The student delegation, scheduled to meet El-Katatni upon its arrival to parliament, had hoped to discuss with the parliament speaker the possibility of involving student representatives in the process of drafting a new national constitution. 

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

23-02-2012 12:34am
Student delegation to explain withdrawal from meeting with parliament head
I dont know what is going on on the students minds. These student dont have to study or do some constructive work. In the Mubarak era these students acted like a mouse. Now they are acting like lion. These students should not waiste on national money on their education. You better study hard and move Egypt forward. Get the hell out of politics and do some good work.
Comment's Title

© 2010 Ahram Online.