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Thursday
Oct032013

Disrespecting Egypt's Flag and Anthem Now Has Consequences

iStock/Thinkstock(CAIRO) -- Those who insult the Egyptian flag could wind up in jail for six months.

It's the same sentence for anyone who refuses to stand for the national anthem.

The new law was approved Wednesday by the Egyptian Cabinet.  The directive to respect the flag and the anthem came from interim President Adly Mansour, who replaced ousted President Mohamed Morsi last July.

Mansour's decree stems from recent incidents involving ultra conservative Islamist groups refusing to stand for the national anthem called "Biladi" or "My Homeland."

The Islamists, who are seeking Morsi's return to power, say their refusal has to do with religious reasons.

In addition to the jail term, offenders also face a fine, the equivalent of up to $726.

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