Palestine: Parliament annuls Abbas’ decision to revoke MPs immunity

For the first time since infighting in 2007, the Palestinian parliament convened yesterday and discussed President Mahmoud Abbas’ decree to strip five Fatah MPs of their parliamentary immunity. The Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), as the parliament is known, decided that Abbas’ revocation of the parliamentarian immunity of the five lawmakers, who are outspoken critics for his policies, was “illegal and unconstitutional”, stressing that parliament was the only institution entitled to take such decisions. The PLC’s chairman, MP Faraj Al-Ghoul, said: “Abbas’ decision to revoke immunity of five MPs is nonsense.” He stressed that the constitutional court which authorised Abbas to carry out this measure made an “illegal” and “unconstitutional” ruling. Al-Ghoul reiterated that the MPs enjoy their parliamentarian immunity even […]

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Saudi Arabia to deport foreign pharmacists

The Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Health stipulating the government’s intentions to abolish some of the required hiring qualifications for pharmacists, in an attempt to localise the health sector, a ministry official source revealed. The UK-based Al-Hayat agency quoted the Adviser to the Saudi labour minister, Mazen Elrouqi, saying that the agreement focuses on localising employment opportunities in the health sector, including pharmacies. According to the ministry’s law, a pharmacist should hold a bachelor degree in pharmacy in order to obtain a work permit. He noted that the two ministries have agreed to cancel the degree requirement. Elrouqi said the government plans to create a system where barcodes are used […]

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Official in Egypt files lawsuit to annul Renaissance Dam Agreement

The Egyptian Assistant Foreign Minister, Ambassador Ibrahim Yusri, has filed two lawsuits before the State Council to annul agreements which he said are in violation of the Egyptian constitution and harm the country’s interests. The first lawsuit demands the Renaissance Dam Agreement which Egypt has signed with Ethiopia and Sudan be annulled. According to the lawsuit, the agreement is “unfair” for Egypt, and harms Egypt’s interests in the Nile waters and will have serious implications on the country. The lawsuit attributes the weakness of the agreement to the weakness of the legal and professional advisors team in the presidency. Yusri has also filed a lawsuit demanding the Egyptian-Cypriot agreement be cancelled as it waives Egypt’s territorial borders and sovereign rights.

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