Egypt Press Review: March 21
By MOHAMED ABDEL MEGEED

Youm7 press

Youm7

Military spokesperson Ahmed Ali denied that Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has anything to do with recent presidential campaigns for him, in a Thursday statement. Sisi has not officially declared his presidential bid, he added.

A security source said on Thursday that a joint security campaign between military forces and police officers in Qalyubia resulted in the killing of Mohamed Mohsen, considered a dangerous militant in the “terrorist” group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis.

Also:

·      A prosecution witness testified that Hamdeen Sabbahi offered him a bribe to change his testimony, which Sabbahi’s presidential campaign denied.

·      The Muslim Brotherhood plans to establish a Qatari-funded website that publishes classified national security Information.

·      Orthodox Church prepares for the first visit of Pope Tawadros II to Russia.

·      Sabbahi’s presidential campaign to appeal presidential election law.

 Ahram press

Al-Ahram

Eight militants arrested by security forces in Qalyubia on March 19 admitted they received training by Shabaan Hadiya, leader of Libya’s Revolutionaries’ Operation Room in the Sinai for six months, according to security investigations.

Osama El-Hadi, head of the Specialized Medical Councils, said that the presidential decision to medically examine presidential candidates will take shape as a medical test for the eyes, and psychiatric and neurological diseases.

Also:

·      Thirteen smuggling tunnels were destroyed in a joint security operation between border guards and military engineers in Rafah, North Sinai.

·      Asyut University witnessed on Thursday protests by Muslim Brotherhood students demanding the release of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

·      The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy called for demonstrations beginning Thursday until the end of March.

·      There are nearly 150,000 militants in Libya: Libyan Ambassador to Egypt Mohammad Jibril.

Al-Masry Al-Youm press 

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Ali Awad, constitutional advisor to interim President Adly Mansour, said Thursday that the presidency is preparing its reply to suggestions made by political parties and movements regarding granting immunity to the decisions of the Supreme Electoral Committee (SEC) under the presidential election law.

Also:

·      The new electronic system for distributing bread will save eight billion EGP: Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafy.

·      Indexes of the Egyptian Exchange (EGX30) hit highest level in six years during Thursday’s mid-session.

·      Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to import 2,000 electronic ID readers for use in the presidential elections.

·      Unofficial presidential campaign to support Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for president continues its election tour in different governorates.

 Al-Shorouq press

Al-Shorouq

The Ethiopian government stated on Thursday that the Renaissance Dam is scheduled to start operating in 2015 as the largest dam in Africa to produce electricity.

Pharmacists, physicians and dentists are continuing their partial open strike in hospitals affiliated with the Ministry of Health.

Also:

·       The ministries of housing and antiquities signed a cooperation agreement for restoration of archeological sites in Cairo.

·       Ministry of Transport to receive 10 million euro grant from Italy to form a detailed study of the high-speed train to connect Alexandria to Aswan.

·       Former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq announced on his Twitter account Thursday that he will not run in the upcoming presidential elections and he supports Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah el-Sisi if he decides to run.

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