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Monday, 3 October 2016

MP Agina calls for [redacted] tests for female applicants to university

Rep. Elhamy Agina is back, and his remarks on requiring women to undergo [redacted] tests to be admitted to university is of course the most reported-on story on Egypt in the foreign press over the weekend, covered by the Independent, Russia Today, the Washington Post, the Daily Mail, Times of India, and Morocco World News, to but name a few.

This thing called Agina suggests the move would somehow stop urfi marriages. The MP is known for controversial remarks including calling for women to undergo FGM, calling for women in the House of Representatives to wear modest clothing, and claiming migrants who died when a boat capsized “deserve no sympathy.”

The National Council of Women is filing complaints with the prosecutor general and with House Speaker Ali Abdel Aal, a member of the council told Ahram Online. At least one other Al Wafd’s MP Mohamed Fouad plans to bring up a motion to bring Agina up for the House disciplinary committee, Al Shorouk reports.

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