Nose job earns Egyptian politician the boot

Story highlights

  • Member of parliament lies about having a nose job
  • The ultra-conservative al-Nour Party doesn't allow plastic surgeries
  • Anwar al-Bilkimy said he was beaten up by gunmen
  • He has signed his resignation, but it hasn't been accepted
A lie and a nose job may cost an Egyptian politician his spot in parliament.
Anwar al-Bilkimy, a newly elected legislator, was forced to resign from the ultra-conservative al-Nour Party after lying about having plastic surgery, Ahmed Khalil, a party spokesman said late Monday.
Black and blue from his rhinoplasty, al-Bilkimy told parliamentarians that his face was bandaged because gunmen attacked him after he refused to get out of his car, Khalil said.
Suspicious, the al-Nour Party, whose hardline creed forbids plastic surgeries, formed a committee to investigate his story and found out that he had lied, a party statement said.
Anwar al-Bilkimy in Cairo's Selmi hospital
Al-Balkimy checked into Cairo's Selmi hospital on February 28 for plastic surgery on his nose and the next day checked into another hospital, where doctors said he claimed to have been beaten by gunmen, Egyptian media reported.
"Based on what the hospital officials said, we decided to expel him from the party, and so he submitted his resignation," a statement on al-Nour's official Facebook page said.
Al-Bilkimi signed his resignation before two members of parliament but it has not been approved yet, Khalil said.
"If it is not accepted, the 120 members from al-Nour party will put in a request for parliament to dismiss him," Khalil added.
The Salafist al-Nour party is the second largest in Egypt's lower House.