Egypt Independent: News-Main news en Egyptian Social Democratic Party rejects restrictions on freedoms under 'terrorism' pretext <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The Egyptian Social Democratic Party supports the state and does not stand against its policies, but opposes some issues&nbsp;out of care for the nation, said party chairman&nbsp;Mohamed Aboul Ghar.</p><p>The party rejects restrictions on freedoms and human rights under the pretext of a war against terrorism, Aboul Ghar added.</p><p>Aboul Ghar said on the sidelines of the &quot;Our Youth Are Our Hope&quot; conference organized by the&nbsp;Egyptian Social Democratic Party on Saturday that the party backs stability, but not stagnancy as was the case under former President Hosni Mubarak leading to corruption.</p><p>The party encourages the private sector, which represents the bulk of the Egyptian economy. Laws to preserve workers&#39; rights should be developed and there must be a peaceful handover of power, because that is the only guarantor to keep democracy.</p><p>Aboul Ghar stressed Egypt has not witnessed a peaceful handover of power since 1952.</p><p>Secretary General of the Egyptian Democratic Party&nbsp;Ahmed Fawzy said&nbsp;the party has not committed the mistakes of other parties, whether by allying with the Muslim Brotherhood during the last parliamentary elections, or accusing participants in the&nbsp;<a href="x-apple-data-detectors://0" x-apple-data-detectors="true" x-apple-data-detectors-result="0" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event">25 January</a>&nbsp;revolution of treason.</p><p>The party laments the Political Parties Affairs Committee rejection to establishing the politial parties of Tamarod and former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Sami Anan, Fawzy added.</p><p>Former Deputy Prime Minister and party deputy head Ziad Bahaa said the party encourages investment and management of state resources, pointing out that Egypt has huge economic problems and cannot respond to all the demands of state workers.</p><p><i>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</i></p> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2441659 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/26/499612/military_raises_combat_readiness.jpg Safaga seaport authorities kill animals over Ebola fears <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div><span style="font-size: 14px;">Quarantine authorities at the Red Sea Safaga seaport killed animals found in the possession of an Egyptian passenger arriving from the Gulf fearing they were infected with the deadly Ebola virus.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The passenger, coming on board a ship from the Saudi seaport of Diba, was carrying two rare species of monkeys in addition to 20 wild pigeons. Authorities said they had not found any medical certifications for the animals.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt declared it was free of the deadly virus that the United Nations declared as a world emergency after it killed more than 7,000, mostly in Africa.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2441649 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/28/499612/sperm_can_carry_ebola_for_82_days.jpg Sources: Disbanded NDP seek coordination with Nour Party over single-winner constituencies <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7fed06bb-6cd1-e289-e1b9-987b3c8d7037" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; background-color: transparent; line-height: 1.15;">Salafi-oriented Nour Party&rsquo;s presidential council has instructed secretaries of the party&rsquo;s women&#39;s committee to drum up female support toward the party&rsquo;s lists for the coming parliamentary elections.</span></p><br /><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Sources from the party said that secretaries of the women&#39;s committee held a meeting on Saturday with female members of the party over readiness for elections. The sources declared that most of the reports received by the party&rsquo;s presidential council indicate desire by former MPs of the disbanded National Democratic Party to coordinate with the party over the single-winner constituencies in return for their support for Nour party&rsquo;s lists.</span></p><br /><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Tareq al-Sahry, member of the party&rsquo;s supreme body, said the presidential council did not receive requests from civil parties demanding alliances. He added that leaders of some liberal parties earlier expressed wish to coordinate over the single-winner constituencies and that the supreme body authorized the presidential council in a recent meeting to decide the suitable way through which the party will run for elections.</span></p><br /><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The presidential council, according to Sahry, tackled several new ideas for the candidates&rsquo; electoral campaigns as well as the media committee&rsquo;s plan over campaigning.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:italic;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</span></p> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2441648 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/11/05/484151/img_0508.jpg Egypt's Suez Canal revenue drops 8 % in November <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Revenues from the Suez Canal fell by 8 percent to $442.8 million in November from $482.3 million in October, Egypt&#39;s state information website said on Sunday.</p><p>The fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia is one of Egypt&#39;s main sources of foreign currency.</p><p>A major expansion of the 145-year-old waterway is planned.</p> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:32:00 +0000 Reuters 2441660 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/09/29/484151/233005_0.jpg