7am News Wrapup March 19
By EHAB EL-SHAZLY

The Muslim Brotherhood began protesting in Raba’a Square late Tuesday, and doctors, electricity and postal worker strikes escalated. Power outages spread across Egypt.

Coming up: National Alliance to Support Legitimacy calls for widespread protests Wednesday against the interim administration, and Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim said security forces will deal “firmly” with the protests.

News & Politics:

Security forces raided Istiqlal Party headquarters Tuesday to prevent the holding of a press conference scheduled by the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy.

Arab League Secretary General Nabil Al-Arabi said on Monday Kuwait’s attempts to “bridge the gap” between Arab countries ahead of next week’s Arab Summit is commendable.

The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group is expected to carry out more attacks against tourists and economic institutions in the Sinai.

Street vendors across greater Cairo have demanded the government create new, more suitable market spaces for them to sell their goods

Business:

Banque Du Caire allocated 1.5 billion EGP toward the Central Bank of Egypt’s 10 billion EGP Mortgage Finance Fund initiative targeting low-middle income Egyptians.

In-Depth:

Several allegations of “torture” have been brought against Muslim Brotherhood members since 2011, accusations that have led to two high-profile trials.

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