7 pm News Wrapup March 12

Presidential and parliamentary election should be completed by April 17, President Adly Mansour said Wednesday.

Azhar warned against protests inside campuses, while protests turned violent in Cairo and Mansoura universities over calls to release detained students.

News & Politics:

President Adly Mansour highlighted the importance of completing the presidential and parliamentary elections by April 17 according to constitutional article of 230. Adly’s remarks came during a meeting with the political powers on the election law.

In a press conference held Wednesday, the President of Al-Azhar University Osama al-Abd said that political protests are completely rejected and will be banned inside the university campus.

Two policemen were injured when clashes erupted in Mansoura University after students supporting the Muslim Brotherhood protested on Wednesday. The pro-Brotherhood students protested for the release of their detained colleagues and the return of dismissed students from the university. At Cairo University, students demonstrated at Dar Al Uloom Faculty, demanding the release of detained students.


The national program for employment has so far provided about 1.7 million jobs and aims to increase job opportunities to 3 million during the current year, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said in a ceremony to launch the implementation of investment projects. According to the Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center on March 6, unemployment rose to 13.4 percent in the last quarter of 2013, compared to 13 percent in the same period of 2012.

Approximately 13.8 billion EGP was spent in Egypt on drugs during 2011, according to Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics’ semi-annual magazine released Wednesday. This amount is equivalent to 38.4 percent of Suez Canal revenue, 7.6 percent of total export revenue, and 21.2 percent of income from tourism in Egypt.


Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam continues to stir concern among Egyptians. Many experts say the government should take steps to reach a compromise with Ethiopia, while others blame what they describe as Ethiopia’s obstinacy for the failure of negotiations.

Editor’s Pick:

Egyptian Media after June 30: Press ‘unprofessional, dependent, unethical’

Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) hosted a round table discussion on Wednesday morning in Dokki, Giza, entitled “Egyptian Media after June 30,” that found media practices in Egypt after June 30  “unprofessional, dependent and unethical.”

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