Egypt Independent

Cabinet cancels daylight saving time following parliament vote



The Cabinet has announced that daylight saving time will not be applied this year, despite plans to start daylight saving on July 7.
 
The Cabinet said in a statement the decision was made during its Monday meeting in accordance with the parliament's request to amend Law 24 for the year 2016, canceling the daylight saving system.
 
In April 2016, the Cabinet issued a resolution to apply daylight saving from July 7 to the end of October. However, last week, parliament voted by a majority to revoke the Cabinet's decision.
 
The Cabinet expressed reservations about parliament's decision, saying it would submit a memorandum that shows the financial losses such a decision would cause.
 
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a presidential decree in April 2015 canceling the daylight saving system, based on a poll among citizens conducted by the Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), which acts as the Cabinet's think tank.
 
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm