Egypt Press Review: March 16

Youm7 press


Presidential constitution advisor Awad Saleh denied there is any intention to amend the Presidential Election Law since it was based on the constitution. Saleh added that Interim President Adly Mansour did not set a deadline for the political parties to reply to controversies over granting immunity to the Supreme Electoral Committee (SEC), during the meeting held Saturday at Ithadeya Palace in Heliopolis.

The militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the assault on a security checkpoint in Shubra el-Kheima Saturday morning. Head of Qalyubia Security Directorate Mohamed Yousri said that assailants opened fire on a security checkpoint in Shubra el-Kheima leaving six soldiers dead, and the number of remaining injuries was being tallied.


·      Tawfik Mohamed Freij, one of the founders of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, died on March 11 in a car accident, Maqdis announced on March 14.

·      Intensive administrative security procedures at Al-Azhar University gates on the first day of the second semester.

·      Egyptian Interpol demands the arrest of 300 members of the Muslim Brotherhood charged with violating international law.

·      The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) supports the initiative launched by Khaled Salah, editor-in-chief of Youm7, to release detained students.

·      Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab visits a medical insurance center in Giza to assure the quality of medical services.

·      Doctors Syndicate demands the Ministry of Interior secure hospital staff.

 Ahram press


The National Defense Council held on Saturday a meeting headed by interim President Adly Mansour to discuss the domestic conditions and security situation of the country. The council reviewed the steps and efforts made by the government to secure the peace and freedom of citizens.

Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State Marie Harf said in a press conference Saturday that the United States does not support a certain political party or group in Egypt. Harf stated that U.S. supports the democratic process and would help the Egyptian people determine the best political course.


·      Libyan Minister of Labor Mohamed Sawalem announces Saturday the release of the Egyptian detainees, seized over illegal residency, within the coming hours.

·      Egyptian Social Democratic Party denounces targeting of Egyptians in Libya.

·      National Council for Women said that the West uses media against Egypt.

·      Customer Protection Agency establishes an observation unit to monitor misleading advertisements on TV channels.

Akhbar press


The Supreme Council of Armed Forces is to hold a meeting headed by Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Thursday to announce his resignation and to elect a new defense minister and chief of staff.

The doctors continue its partial strike for the second week in row, although the Health Ministry formed a commission to discuss their problems and demands.


·      Ministry of Health to implement comprehensive medical insurance for all citizens through various stages.

·      Political attack on former Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei over insulting some political figures in a leaked phone call.

·      The Cairo Appeals Court postpones the hearing of the request to replace one of the sitting judges to Monday, in Mohamed Morsi’s case of the Ithadeya presidential palace.

·      The Misdemeanor Court accepts the appeal by the prosecution of tax evasion control to retry the businessman Ahmed Ezz.

·      Ministry of Communication to grant the fourth mobile operator license to Egypt Telecom Company.

 Al-Masry Al-Youm press

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Saudi Arabia demanded the close of Al-Jazeera satellite channel and some research centers in Doha on claims they incite conflicts in the Arab world, according to a close source during the meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Kuwait Tuesday.

The Urban Planning Authority affiliated with Housing Ministry in cooperation with the engineering authority of the Armed Forces started Saturday to discuss the national strategic plan of Egypt to determine the best region for the 1 million housing units project that is to be implemented by UAE Arabtec Construction in Egypt.


·      A group called the Electronic Army claimed responsibility for disrupting the satire program El Bernameg on MBC Masr TV channel.

·      Dostour Party celebrated Saturday the recently elected President Hala Shukralla’s first day in office of the party.

·      German Customs Authority seized Saturday a shipment of weapon parts affiliated with the Egyptian Armed Forces.

 Al-Shorouq press


Dakahlia Security Directorate announced Saturday that security forces detained  a group of “terrorists” affiliated with Muslim Brotherhood. The group was planning to set fire to electrical boxes and automated teller machines and to steal weapons of policemen. One of the detainees was charged with setting fire to the deputy of Pharmacy College’s car.

The workers of the Public Transport Authority continue their strike in Alexandria for the eighth day in row. The strikers stated in a press conference that they would continue their strike until all their demands were met.


·       548 judges receive annual salaries of 45.6 million EGP and are not subject to maximum wage policy.

·       The Administrative Court stresses equal legal and labor rights to all citizens and prohibits gender discrimination.

·       Ayman Farid Abu Hadid, minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, launched the first medical pasture in Halayib.

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