Egypt's parliament to discuss new amendments to anti-terror law

Gamal Essam El-Din , Saturday 30 Oct 2021

Egypt's parliament will on Sunday start a debate on new government-drafted amendments to an article of the country's anti-terror law, which aim to give concerned authorities greater flexibility to combat terrorism crimes.

A general view of the first Egyptian parliament session.  REUTERS
A general view of the first Egyptian parliament session. REUTERS

The article 53 gives the president of the republic the power to take the measures necessary to preserve security and public order, such as evacuating or isolating some areas or imposing curfew on them, according to a parliamentary report

The parliament will also tackle new amendments to the penal code to toughen penalties on those who commit the crime of leaking state defence secrets.

"Those convicted of this kind of crimes will face a prison sentence ranging from six months and five years and a fine ranging from EGP 5,000 to EGP 50,000 (instead of a current fine ranging from EGP 100 to EGP 500)," the report said.

The parliament will also on Sunday discuss amendments to a law regulating the protection and safeguarding of public establishments, which will entrust the Armed Forces with helping police forces safeguard public and vital establishments such as electricity stations and grids, and gas and oil pipelines on a permanent basis.

The legislature will then open a discussion on article 17 of the law regulating the participation of the private sector in implementing infrastructure projects.

On Tuesday, the parliament will start discussing the new General Unified Finance law, which aims to upgrade the process of drafting the state's annual budget through merging two pieces of legislation regulating the annual state budget and government accounting into a single bill.

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