Egyptian parliamentarians have renewed their attacks on government plans to take a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, with some Islamist figures claiming such borrowing is against religious law.
Speaking during a Wednesday afternoon sitting of Egypt's Upper House of Parliament, several MPs said an IMF loan would involve ursury [sic], a practice forbidden by Islamic strictures.Maybe they can sell the Pyramids to a Vegas developer to get the cash they need!
They called for a 'fatwa' -- a religious ruling -- from Egypt's Office of Religious Edicts.
Leading the calls was Abdel-Halim El-Gammal from the Salafist Nour Party and head of the economic committee in the Upper House.
El-Gammal claimed that Egypt has untapped resources which could form an alternative to the controversial loan.