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    Egypt's Parliament -- the People's Assembly -- has debated student unrest which led to the recent clashes with riot police and the closure of universities by the Government.

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    Egypt's Parliament -- the People's Assembly -- has debated student unrest which led to the recent clashes with riot police and the closure of universities by the Government. The debate on Sunday (January 28) was based on a report on the unrest prepared by a special parliamentary committee.

    The Assembly's Deputy speaker, Dr Gamal Al-Oteifi, told the meeting that it was being held to recommend a remedy for the unrest, not to pass judgement. But while students had a right to express themselves, abuse of this right was a crime, he said.

    The committee's report recommended full independence for the universities, the right of students to discuss politics through campus institutions, and to express their views freely in campus newspapers provided they did not write about religion or depart from Egypt's official political stance. After four hours at debate, the Assembly decided to refer the committee's report to President Anwar Sadat for him" to take what steps he deems appropriate to protect the national unity and the broad base of the students.

    The committee also called for an improvement in students' housing, and health and social care services.

    SYNOPSIS: Egypt's Parliament -- the People's Assembly -- has passed on to President Sadat, recommendations for dealing with student unrest. He will now take what action he feels necessary. The investigation into student unrest was ordered after it culminated recently in clashes with riot police, and the closure of universities by the Government.

    A report on the unrest by a special parliamentary committee was debated in the Assembly for four hours on Sunday. Its recommendations include full independence for the universities, and the right of students to discuss politics through campus institutions. They should also be allowed to express their views freely in campus newspapers provided they do not write about religion or depart from Egypt's official political stance, it said.

    The committee recommended improvements in student housing, and health and social services. It blamed unrest on 'political vacuums' in the universities, and on trends towards the political left and right wings, instead of moderation.

    The issue's now being decided by President Sadat.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4H26B1WCF0A2BCD0HL3P6N3DH
    Media URN:
    VLVA4H26B1WCF0A2BCD0HL3P6N3DH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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