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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Parliament to look into wheat fraud allegations

The House of Representatives will set up a fact-finding commission to look into allegations of corruption in local wheat procurement, Reuters reported. “Unusually high” domestic wheat purchasing figures prompted fraud allegations. House Speaker Ali Abdel Aal said MPs would question the prime minister, supplies minister, trade minister, and agriculture minister. Supply Minister Khaled Hanafy dismissed the allegations, adding that "a neutral committee formed from the supplies police, the Supplies Ministry, and the Administrative Control Authority will perform an inventory of these silos … We will stop milling wheat from private sector silos and we will depend on public sector ones until the inventory is complete.”

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