Unidentified assailants attacked an army bus in Matariya on Thursday, killing an army aide and injuring three people.
The Cabinet agreed on Thursday to a law countering “terrorism,” passing it to the State Council Legislation Division for review.
· Presidential candidates: Samy Anan withdraws, Hamdeen Sabbahi threatens to withdraw and Ahmed Shafiq leaks create crisis for his campaign.
· Pope Tawadros II delivers a fact-finding report about the burning of churches in a closed meeting.
· Heavy rains and snow in Alexandria and Sinai. Alexandria ports closed.
Doctors and pharmacists partial strike enters sixth consecutive day amid ambiguity in negotiations between the syndicate and the Ministry of Health.
Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade and Investment Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour said the government is interested in providing help to investment sectors, adding that there are $100 million in new Arab and foreign investments.
· Minister of Justice Nayer Othman: Granting immunity to Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee keeps pace with Egypt’s current situation.
· Five killed and 10 injured in Alexandria as result of bad weather.
· Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy: Egypt is to resume participation in African Union soon.
· Presidential Advisor for Women’s Affairs Sakina Fouad: We requested the 50-member committee increase the women’s quota in the parliament, but did not receive any response.
Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee member Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek said the committee completed regulations for the presidential elections law, noting that citizen decisions called for voting within days.
Several rights activists refused interim President Adly Mansour’s insistence on granting immunity to Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee decisions, adding that holding onto the article would cause problems and jeopardize the integrity of the elections process.
· Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Egypt offered to cooperate in establishing Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
· Prosecution decided to imprison five Al-Azhar students on charges of rioting in Cairo University.
· 13 suspects affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood arrested, 31 others had their imprisonment renewed, and 73 others were released across Egypt.
· Muslim Brotherhood student sit-in in Cairo University continues and 680 students referred to disciplinary office.
Cairo University Student Union Secretariat Fatma Ali said the Attorney General decided to release 112 students arrested in the past period, adding that they delivered a list of another 1,300 detained students to look into their release.
Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim said 94 assailants from nearly 15 “terrorist” groups have been arrested.
· Minister of Finance Hany Kadry: Suggested tax is on income not wealth.
· Four members of Journalists Syndicate referred to syndicate investigation.
· No Military Trials: Over 12,000 detainees before military courts.