Egyptian National Dialogue's 3rd political track session postponed by one week

Ahram Online , MENA , Sunday 4 Jun 2023

The third session of the National Dialogue's political track, originally planned for 4 June, has been rescheduled for 11 June, announced the General Coordinator of the National Dialogue Diaa Rashwan on Saturday evening.

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General Coordinator of Egypt's National Dialogue Diaa Rashwan speaking during one of the dialogue s sessions on 23 May. Photo courtesy of the National Dialogue Official Facebook Page


Rashwan cited adverse weather conditions over the past two days as the reason for the delay. 

The dialogue's third session will delve into crucial issues such as freedom of information and expression in Egypt, a newly proposed law governing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and its executive regulations, as well as the challenges faced by civil society activities within the country.

Additionally, the session will feature a panel discussion on the composition of the Egyptian parliament's lower and upper chambers (House of Representatives and Senate), including discussions on full-time membership in both chambers, as outlined in the previous agenda statement.

The third session of the economic and social tracks will be held as originally planned on Tuesday and Thursday this week, respectively.

The sessions are being held at the Cairo International Convention Centre in Nasr City. 

Rashwan mentioned that maintenance work is currently underway to repair the damage caused by the recent adverse weather conditions experienced in Egypt on Thursday and Friday.

During the inclement weather, one person was killed and two injured on Thursday after a billboard collapsed on vehicles travelling on the October Bridge in Central Cairo, as strong winds and a sandstorm wreaked havoc in the capital and around the country.

The National Dialogue kicked off on 3 May with broad participation from public figures, political forces, civil society groups as well as professional and labour unions, who discussed key political, economic and social issues.

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