MP Ilhamy Agina (Al Ahram)
Egyptian parliament's ethics committee recommended on Monday that MP Ilhami Agina, known for his contentious remarks on women, be stripped of his parliamentary membership over insulting the House of Representatives.
Agina, an independent MP from the Nile Delta governorate of Daqahliya, has been investigated by the committee because of “insulting the House of Representatives,” and “insulting Egyptian women and society.“
The ethics committee issued two recommendations that the MP be stripped of his membership for insulting the Parliament, and be suspended for the remainder of the current session on the second count.
The investigations were triggered following public outrage against a number of controversial public statements made by the MP on viriginty tests for women, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sexual prowess of men.
In early October 2016, the MP proposed that girls hoping to attend university should first undergo a mandatory "virginity test."
A month earlier, he voted against a new bill that made female genital mutilation (FGM) a felony, arguing that the FGM should remain in place to balance the "weak" sexual prowess of most Egyptian men.
Earlier in the year, the MP also demanded that female MPs should "dress modestly" inside parliament.
In October, The National Council for Women filed a complaint with parliament against the fiery MP, demanding the that the House “undertake all the legal procedures against the MP according to the constitution and parliamentary bylaws, and that he be internally investigated for his remarks."
Agina previously defended his statements on public issues in Egypt, saying these should be viewed as part of his right to practice freedom of speech.