Egypt Independent: Egypt-Main news http://www.egyptindependent.com//enhome_channel/News/rss.xml en Weather forecast for Wednesday http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2475591 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2015/02/26/16030/o.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Meteorologists expect moderate weather along the North Coast on Wednesday, with warmer climes in Lower Egypt, Cairo and northern Upper Egypt. Hotter weather is expected in southern Upper Egypt during the daytime, with temperatures dropping much lower overnight.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Mist will affect visibility in the morning along the North Coast, Lower Egypt, Cairo and the Suez Canal cities.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Low- and medium-level clouds will be seen in the north. There will be light to moderate winds, mostly northwesterly.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Waves in the Mediterranean Sea are expected to range between 1-1.5 meters high. In the Red Sea, these will range between 1.5-2 meters high. Surface winds will be northwesterly across both seas.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The forecasted maximum temperatures in Cairo will register 21C, in Alexandria: 19C, Qena: 27C, Sharm el-Sheikh: 24C, Luxor: 27C, and Aswan: 28C.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:46:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2475591 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/26/16030/o.jpg Parliament divided over future discussion of Red Sea islands agreement http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2475585 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/01/11/94/opening_session_of_egypts_house_of_representatives_in_january_10_2015.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The Parliament was divided on whether to discuss the demarcation agreement signed between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, after the Supreme Administrative Court annulled the deal.</p><p>The 25-30 parliamentary bloc said the Parliament must abide by judicial rulings and, therefore, may not to discuss the annulled agreement. Several members of parliament corroborated this statement.</p><p>MP Diaa Eddin Dawoud said the Supreme Administrative Court ruling is final, and thus the agreement is now non-existent so the parliament cannot review it.</p><p>MP Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat said the Parliament has to respect the court ruling to avoid conflict between the legislative and judicial authorities.</p><p>Wafd Party assistant chairman Yasser Qoura agreed that the parliament should not discuss the agreement after its annulment by the court.</p><p>Contrary to this, the pro-Sisi bloc Egypt&#39;s Support announced that it is willing to discuss the agreement.</p><p>&quot;The Constitution stipulates the principle of a separation of powers, and all authorities are obliged to respect this,&quot; the coalition said in a statement Monday.</p><p>The statement added that the Parliament adheres to this principle and is keen to exercise its constitutional role regarding international conventions.</p><p>The Parliament is entitled to discuss international conventions in accordance to the Constitution, the statement read, adding that the Parliament -- which represents the people -- will have the final say on the issue.</p><p>&quot;No authority may deprive the Parliament of its constitutional right to discuss international conventions,&quot; MP Mohamed Abu Hamed said, adding that the Parliament and Egypt&#39;s Support coalition are insisting on discussing the convention.</p><p>MP Bahaa Eddin Abu Shaqqa, chairman of the parliamentary Legislative Committee, refused to comment on the Supreme Administrative Court ruling, but said that the Parliament will abide by the Constitution.</p> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:12:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2475585 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/01/11/94/opening_session_of_egypts_house_of_representatives_in_january_10_2015.jpg Egypt's Sisi says cabinet reshuffle 'very soon' http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2475581 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2016/03/16/94/president_abdel_fattah_al-sisi.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will reshuffle his cabinet soon, he told state newspapers in an interview published on Tuesday.</p><div>&quot;Yes, there will be a reshuffle and very soon ... We will fix what needs fixing and improve performance,&quot; Sisi said, without giving more details.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The last cabinet reshuffle took place in March, when Sisi named 10 new ministers including for the finance and investment portfolios.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt is struggling to revive an economy that has been battered by an acute foreign currency crisis since a popular uprising in 2011 drove away tourists and foreign investors.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The central bank floated the pound in November and the government is pushing ahead with painful economic reforms after securing a $12 billion loan program with the International Monetary Fund in November. These include fuel price hikes and the introduction of a value-added tax (VAT).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Egypt is also battling Islamist insurgents in the Sinai who pledged allegiance to Islamic State in 2014 and are blamed for killing hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police since then.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>(Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Catherine Evans)</div> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:31:00 +0000 Reuters 2475581 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2016/03/16/94/president_abdel_fattah_al-sisi.jpg Pharmacists threaten widescale strike over profit margin http://www.egyptindependent.com//node/2475567 <img src="http://www.egyptindependent.com///sites/default/files/imagecache/media_thumbnail/photo/2017/01/14/505446/a_pharmacist_searches_for_medicine_at_a_pharmacy_in_cairo_egypt_november_17_2016._reuters_mohamed_abd_el_ghany.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Pharmacies may go on a widescale strike on February 1 depending on the outcome of negotiations with the Health Ministry over their profit margin, Deputy Head of the Pharmacists Syndicate Mostafa al-Wakel threatened on Sunday.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In December, pharmacists called for a strike against their profit margins being cut to 18 percent of drug prices,&nbsp;down from 25 percent. This percentage is given to the pharmacies by pharmaceutical companies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The strike was scheduled to start on Sunday, but was postponed on Saturday&nbsp;by the syndicate&rsquo;s general assembly so as to enter into negotiations on the matter with the Health Ministry.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Pharmacists say the ministry neglected their demands during its negotiations with pharmaceutical companies over drug prices, which resulted in ministry&#39;s decision to raise prices by 15 percent for locally-produced drugs and 20 percent for imported drugs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Doctor Ahmed Abo Domah, a member of the syndicate&#39;s board, said Sunday that they will strike if two weeks of negotiations pass with no solution to the problem, for which he blamed the health minister.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;He [the minister] caused this problem to worsen by favoring the companies over the pharmacists, and we will not accept such things,&quot; Domah said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:46:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2475567 at http://www.egyptindependent.com sites/default/files/photo/2017/01/14/505446/a_pharmacist_searches_for_medicine_at_a_pharmacy_in_cairo_egypt_november_17_2016._reuters_mohamed_abd_el_ghany.jpg