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Parliament puts price on Egyptian citizenship

A controversial bill that would allow foreign nationals to purchase Egyptian citizenship has passed through parliament and awaits the president’s signature.
A Palestinian woman holds her passport during a rally at the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza calling on Egypt to open the crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip on July 6, 2017.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said recent talks in Egypt could lead to improving the humanitarian suffering in the impoverished Gaza Strip. / AFP PHOTO / SAID KHATIB        (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt is always looking for ways to improve the country’s long-suffering economy, but citizens are divided over whether the latest plan is an innovative idea or an indecent proposal.

Critics bemoan the legislation as “shameful” and say it compromises national security. Supporters welcome it as a means of wooing foreign investors.

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