Egypt Press Review: March 13
By EHAB EL-SHAZLY

Youm7 press

Youm7

During a national dialogue meeting to discuss the presidential elections law article that grants the decisions of the Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee immunity, interim President Adly Mansour described the reasons behind the immunity, while political parties representatives rejected it and demanded alternatives that do not threaten democracy.

Also discussed during the meeting were the issues of youth activists detained during protests and assaults against them. Mansour said he requested an investigation.

Minister of Finance Hany Kadry said the government is discussing enforcing a temporary income tax of five percent on the wealthy for two to three years.

Also:

·        Misr Al-Qawia head Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh: I will not vote for Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi or presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi in upcoming presidential elections.

·      The Armed Forces begin to choose the companies that will implement the one million housing units project.

·      Seven Takfiri suspects killed in Sinai and another 34 arrested south of Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed.

·      Minister of Administrative and Local Development Adel Labib: Shareholding company with capital of 20 billion EGP to provide one million job opportunities.

·      Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Khartoum meetings reflect Egypt’s interest in restoring relations with other Africa countries.

·      Prosecution summons security forces deployed to secure Israeli embassy to hear their testimonies regarding bomb blast.

·      Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi: Elections battle with Sisi will be competitive and I would honor him for his role if I won presidency.

 Ahram press

Al-Ahram

Head of the 50-member committee Amr Moussa said that interim President Adly Mansour presented an explanation and evaluation of Egypt’s current situation and reached an agreement to achieve stability in part by holding transparent and fair presidential elections under public observation.

Minister of Health Adel al-Adawy announced the success of negotiations in providing a new Hepatitis C treatment, which will be available for $300 a month.

Also:

·        Khartoum Minister of Foreign Affairs: No conflict between Egypt and Sudan.

·      Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim at Marrakech conference: Foreigner assailants who planned “terrorist” attacks and assassinations in Egypt have been arrested.

·      Central Auditing Organization Hisham Genena: Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab is following up corruption investigations.

·      State Council sends political rights law to the Cabinet.

·      Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee discusses when to open presidential candidacy registration.

·        Minister of Antiques Mohamed Ibrahim: 11 pharaonic antiques returned to Egypt from U.S.

 Akhbar press

Al-Akhbar

Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation executive director Tarek al-Mala said the fuel reserve is safe and there is a plan to overcome and control electricity problems during the summer season.

National Council for Women head Mervat al-Talawy said the new formation of the Cabinet is disappointing and reflects a return to the marginalizing of women.

Also:

·      Doctors continue their partial strike for the fifth consecutive day and the syndicate threatens to cancel the membership of doctors who refuse to strike.

·      Egyptian Meteorological Authority warns: Unstable weather until Friday.

·      Qatar refuses to hand over fugitives Assem Abdel Maged, Yousef al-Qaradawi and Ahmed Mansour.

·      Farmer anger arises against Minister of Agriculture Ayman Farid Abu Hadid as 30 percent of wheat production is threatened because of floods.

·        Egypt’s ambassador in Brussels Ehab Fawzy: European Union has no reservations on Egypt’s upcoming president.

 Al-Masry Al-Youm press

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Police stormed Mansoura University campus Wednesday in response to Muslim Brotherhood students protesting, and arrested several students.

Head of the Heritage Preservation Committee in Alexandria, Mohamed Awad, said violations against Alexandria’s heritage is systematic and the committee has not received any response from the presidency or the Cabinet on reports it sent to stop the violations.

Also:

·      50-member committee head Amr Moussa: Muslim Brotherhood must be given a chance to participate in political life if they accepted the constitution.

·      Official report from ministries of interior and transport: 33,000 dead and 155,000 injuries from road accidents in the past five years.

·      Washington D.C. expresses concerns over torturing detained activists. Amnesty International demands investigations.

·      Worker protests besiege the Cabinet headquarters.

·      Ministry of Housing: Service projects at the cost 4.9 billion EGP will be completed by the end of June.

 Al-Shorouq press

Al-Shorouq

Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouly said the government is seeking solutions to the increase in building material prices, which is related to supply and demand and production factories.

Minister of Administrative and Local Development Adel Labib said the Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee will announce the time schedule for the final procedures of the presidential elections by Saturday or Sunday, and the governors reshuffle after the elections.

Also:

·      Demands to dismiss Red Sea governor for his failure in handling the floods crisis.

·      Cairo University head Gaber Nassar: The University will not commit to ending study by June 26.

·      Former Minister of Manpower Kamal Abu Eita: Initiatives to halt strikes are difficult to implement.

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