Mubarak Rejects a Request to Ban Niqab in Egypt
The following is a story translated from the Egyptian Arabic daily newspaper Al Masry Al Ayoum.
President Hosni Mubarak rejects a request by Osama Shaltout, leader of Al Takafoul party to realese a decree to ban Niqab (veil that covers the entitre face) in Egypt. The request came during the President's meeting with some members of the general committee of the Shura Council.
Mubarak also said:" That the international issues are not easy.and that he stands as a wall against the ambitions of some and that everyone wants to give Egypt something wants something in return.". He said things do not go that easy.
Leader of Al Geel (generation) Nahi AL Shahaby launched an attack on the press and asked for more strict regulations against the press. The President also denied hm this request. He said that the consitution and and law are there to rectify the path. (It is already so strict. How it can be more strict?)
Al Shahaby said asked for increasing the budget allocated to the parties because the current value amounts to L.E. 100,000 ($ 16,000). (Truly, this is a big big joke. This is not even the amount of money spent on President Mubarak's parades everytime he leaves hsi palace) He also complained that the Ruling National Democratic Party is occupying all headquarters dedicated to the parties. Mubarak said that the NDP had these headquarters before the establishment of other parties then he said jokingly "let Refaet Al Said give you headquarters". El Said is the leader of the opposition al Tagamou Party.