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Sunday, 9 April 2017

What we’re tracking this week

Legislation Watch (or “The InshaAllah hour”): The House of Representatives’ Economic Committee will wrap its review of the draft Investment Act on Monday and then send the bill on for a plenary session vote, AMAY reports. Members of the House’s Budgeting, Manpower, and Legislative Committees are expected to attend Monday’s session.

The Legislative Committee has a busy week ahead, with contentious issues on its agenda including the fallout from proposed amendments to the judicial code as well as the fate of judicial supervision of elections. The committee is also expected to discuss potential changes to the criminal code, according to Al Shorouk.

The House is also set to vote on Monday on a 10% social welfare raise for bureaucrats who don’t fall under the Civil Service Act, Ahram Gate reports. The Finance Ministry had signed off last month on the measure, which will be applied retroactively from last July.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir is reportedly due in Cairo this week to meet with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in preparation for President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visit to Riyadh this month, Youm7 reports, citing unnamed sources.

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