Heated debate erupted again among the Shura Council's Islamist lawmakers on Monday over a loan from Saudi Arabia. Salafi legislators condemn loans as a prohibited form of usury.
The council ultimately approved the loan agreement for an irrigation and drainage pumps plants project between Egypt and the Saudi Fund for Development, despite objections from several members.
MPs attacked Prime Minister Hesham Qandils Cabinet and described it as a government of loans.
We reject loans, because citizens need to have dignity. The government should forget about loans and search instead for alternative solutions,' stressed Mohamed al-Hanafy Abul Enein, head of the Wafd Partys parliamentary bloc.