Shura Council discusses demands of Sinai tribes, protest law

Sinai tribesmen have allegedly threatened to refuse to allow ballot boxes to enter the governorate for the upcoming parliamentary elections of the distribution of the electoral districts is not reconsidered, said Shura Council MP Ali Feireig.

During a joint meeting of the council's committees on Arab affairs, legislation and human rights to discuss the right to peaceful protest, Sinai representatives submitted several demands related to unemployment and the lack of clean drinking water, Feireig continued.

Several representatives of civil society organizations and tried unions didn't attend the meeting, although they were invited, said MP Reda Saleh.

A dedicated committee should be formed to coordinate with the Interior Ministry to discuss the hardships of the people of Sinai, Saleh said.

that took place over the past few days.

Several committee members asked to postpone the discussion on the right to peaceful protest due to the unrest sweeping the nation over the past few days, but the joint committee on legislation, human rights and national security decided to resume discussions on the topic.

Ihab al-Kharrat, head of the human rights committee, said the committees agreed to meet with representatives of all political parties, youth revolutionary committees and Central Security Forces to hear their perspectives on the protest law.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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