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The Egyptian parliament committee has approved the issuing of National ID’s to those aged 15


The Egyptian parliament committee has newly approved amendments suggested by the government to the Civil Status Law, the MP said on Monday.

Ehab al-Tamawi, deputy head of constitutional and legislative affairs committee in the House of Representatives, said that the committee agreed to amend the Civil Status Law so that everyone who has reached the age of 15 can obtain a national number card to prove their identity, instead of the current age of 16 years.

Tamawi said that these amendments are consistent with Article 6 of the Egyptian Constitution, and with Family Laws No. 1 of 2000, which granted citizens from the age of 15 years the right to litigation in matters of guardianship.

He noted that the amendments come in line with Child Law 12 of 1996, which prohibits the employment of children (child labor) under the age of 15.

Tamawi explained that amending the age of issuing the ID card  is in the interest of the child, whose basic features have often been crystallized, and he has the right to carry a personal identification document, which enables him to exercise his rights and freedom, including the right to move from one place to another.


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