Egypt's parliament expels lawmaker who had criticised it

2017-02-28 06:03


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Cairo - Egypt's parliament has expelled a lawmaker who spoke out against alleged corruption and criticised the body for its handling of human rights issues.

The legislature, which is packed with government supporters, accused Mohammed Anwar Sadat of forging the signatures of lawmakers and leaking classified information to foreign agencies.

Sadat, the nephew of slain Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, dismissed the allegations in a brief statement on Monday, saying "the parliament dropped my membership based on false accusations".

In January, Sadat had raised questions about the parliament's purchase of three vehicles for more than $1m at a time when the government is imposing austerity measures.

The head of parliament, Ali Abdel-Aal, described such criticism of its budget as a "crime".

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