Egypt Press Review: March 15
By EHAB EL-SHAZLY

Youm7 press

Youm7

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said there were intensified communications with the Libyan Foreign Affairs Ministry to solve the crisis of 70 detained Egyptian citizens and to ensure their safety.

Interior Ministry spokesperson Hani Abdel Latiff said the ministry welcomes the suggestion of fanatic sports fans “Ultras” to appoint private companies to secure games.

Also:

·      Ethiopia’s ambassador to Cairo: We will not allow any presence of third party mediators between Cairo and Addis Ababa

·      The Anti-Graft Organization received reports from monitoring agencies on ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s wealth

·      Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi’s campaign starts electoral battle with human chains in Cairo

·      U.S. embassy in Cairo: Egypt’s Armed Forces prefer our weapons, Russia’s bargain is for the media

·      Cement crisis escalates following price increase to 800 EGP ($115)

 Ahram press

Al-Ahram

Egyptian Electric Holding Company head Gaber Desouky said current electricity consumption exceeds the limit of production as result of the lack of fuel needed in electricity plants.

Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouly said the government is facing challenges to sanitation projects in villages across Egypt and the cost needed to finish all of the projects reached 10 billion EGP ($1.44 billion)

Also:

·      U.S. acting Ambassador to Cairo Marc Sievers: Egypt has huge investment opportunities

·      Emirati company Arabtec is not monopolizing the one million units project and has an Egyptian partner

·      State Council Legislation Division refuses practicing political rights law

·      Aerial strikes on Gaza following missiles in southern Israel

·      Cairo University head Gaber Nassar: Team of lawyers to follow up on detained students’ situation  

 Akhbar press

Al-Akhbar

Minister of Transport Ibrahim el-Demeiry said the metro’s fifth and sixth lines would be monorail, which saves 75 percent of the cost compared to underground lines.

Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee Secretary General Hamdan Fahmy denied a set date for presidential candidacy registration but said it would be announced after finishing the preparation of the committee regulations.

Also:

·      Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travel to Libya following detention of 70 Egyptian citizens

·      Muslim Brotherhood sets fire to a number of shops on Haram street

·      Five Brotherhood members arrested in Alexandria

·      Egypt’s ambassador to Abu Dhabi: Developing military cooperation between the two countries following the success of ‘Zayed 1′ training

·      President Adly Mansour to issue presidential decision to amend investment law and respect governmental contracts, including more flexibility on bids

·      Minister of Environment Laila Iskander: Coal is the worst energy source; Minister of Industry Mounir Fakhry: coal saves 450 million cubic feet of gas daily

 Al-Masry Al-Youm press

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Presidential Candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi finalized his decisions to run for president and said Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is responsible for rights violations, detention of revolutionary activists.

Also:

·      Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Wael al-Degwy: No return for university security guards

·      Egyptian Meteorological Authority: Sand storms and increased temperatures expected Sunday

·      One killed and several injuries in Ain Shams clashes

 Al-Shorouq press

Al-Shorouq

Minister of Local Development Adel Labib said the coming summer would not witness any electricity crisis since Egypt is moving toward solar energy, adding that 135 sites have been set up in 17 governorates to reduce energy consumption by 40 percent.

Central Agency for Organization and Administration head Gihan Abdel Rahman said the organization did not interfere in implementing the minimum wage but that Ministry of Finance was responsible for not implementing it.

Also:

·      Arab Gulf states consider a second wave of penalties on Qatar

·      Ministry of Interior: Arrest of Muslim Brotherhood fugitives abroad depends on the foreign state

·      Mosques that belong to Salafi Call refuse to run under Ministry of Religious Endowment

·      Cabinet source: We do not have any real guarantees to protect Egyptians in Libya regarding the detained citizens

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