Egypt Press Review: March 20
By EHAB EL-SHAZLY


Youm7 press

Youm7

During a raid Wednesday in Qalyubia, security forces killed six assailants and arrested four others believed to have killed several officers in Shubra el-Kheima.

Supreme Presidential Election Committee spokesperson Hamdan Fahmy said the committee will not open the registry for presidential candidates before March 23.

Also:

  • Student killed during Muslim Brotherhood protest in Beni Suef and clashes erupted between Al-Azhar University students and security forces.
  • North Cairo Criminal Court sentenced to death in absentia 26 suspects over charges of targeting the Suez Canal with attacks.
  • Doctors and pharmacists continued their partial strike for the 12 consecutive day and the syndicates threatened a complete strike.

Ahram press

Al-Ahram

Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker has decided to call upon former leaders of the ministry to help solve the current electricity crisis.

Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou discussed with India’s ambassador to Cairo a plan to attract one million Indian tourists to Egypt.

Also:

  • Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab: We are committed to countering unemployment, developing slum areas and achieving justice.
  • Egypt’s stock exchange hits its highest level since 2008.
  • Minister of Petroleum: Three deals to excavate oil with $717 million in investments.
  • 22 people suspected of setting fire to two police stations arrested.

Akhbar press

Al-Akhbar

Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said the government is determined to decrease the budget deficit before the end of the year.

Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said during the funeral of two armed forces officers that security forces seek to eliminate roots of “terrorism.“

Also:

  • Government praises the role of Azhar in confronting Takfiri ideology.
  • Intensified security presence in Tahrir Square, Cabinet and ministries.
  • Minister of Justice Nayer Othman: Counter corruption law ready soon.
  • Political parties present suggestions to interim President Adly Mansour to end crisis over immunity granted to Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee decisions.

Al-Masry Al-Youm press

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade and Investment Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour said the ministry was not mistaken when it demanded the usage of coal in industry, and the government is reviewing minimum wage for government companies.

Constitutional expert Ibrahim Darwish said granting immunity to Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee decisions is an assault on the state of law and democracy, and presidential advisors are mistaken.

Also:

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Washington is holding Apache aircrafts that belong to Egypt and have been sent for maintenance.
  • Forensic Medicine Authority: Officers who were killed Wednesday were shot with seven bullets.

Al-Shorouq press

Al-Shorouq

Independent transportation syndicate prepares a plan to develop metro.

Also:

  • Port Said Governor Samah Qandil covered the mouth of a citizen trying to prevent him from talking about corruption.
  • Alexandria governor: Ending public transportation workers strike was in accordance to the law.
  • Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee adjourned Saturday meeting for security reasons.
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