Egypt Press Review: March 23
By EHAB EL-SHAZLY

Youm7 press

Youm7

Head of the 50-member committee Amr Moussa announced the details of Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s electoral program, which consists of a suggested plan to reform developing and investing programs for Egypt by implementing severe changes on some governorates and their borders.

Gilead Sciences Company that produces hepatitis C treatment offers Egypt new hepatitis C drug at 99 percent discount of its actual price.

Also:

  • Countering terrorism law draft if implemented, Muslim Brotherhood leaders would face death penalties and 10 years in prison for the members who received military trainings.
  • First female to present a request to Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to join the army and demands forced recruitment for females over 18 years old, threatens to appeal on Military Service law for violating the constitution.
  • Minister of Irrigation Mohamed Abdul Muttalib: “Yellow residues” would benefit agriculture.
  • Minister of Education Mahmoud Abou el-Nasr: 9,500 graduates were appointed in educational directorates.

Ahram press

Al-Ahram

Interim President Adly Mansour holds on granting immunity to Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee decisions and refuses the suggestions of political parties to allow appealing on committee decisions.

Armed Forces said that coordinating a meeting between Egyptian and Israeli communication agencies last week was to discuss securing joint borders.

Also:

  • Prosecution: Former President Hosni Mubarak and former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly ordered opening fire on protesters.
  • Lack of financial liquidity in electricity companies following citizens refraining from paying their bills.
  • 13 million Egyptian citizens have psychological diseases.

Akhbar press

Al-Akhbar

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said solving Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam will not happen within a day. Egypt is capable of protecting its national and water security. Experts said negotiations must continue and Egypt should head to United Nations Security Council.

Minister of Tourism Hisham Zaazou said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan does not represent all of Turkey and the tourism sector will continue cooperating with Turkish airlines to serve Egyptian tourism.

Also:

  • Military spokesperson Ahmed Ali: Israel did not mediate in Apache deal with US.
  • Presidential Candidacy Official registration will start within days and Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee welcomes media, press, and foreign NGOs.
  • Popular Current accuses Mansour of intransigence and Karama Party said presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi will not withdraw from elections.
  • Fully veiled female students will be allowed to enter exams after uncovering their faces.
  • Fertilizers crisis harms farmers and black market flourish.

Al-Masry Al-Youm press

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Minister of Planning Ashraf al-Araby announced that National Council for Wages experts finished setting a new salary structure that fix the distortions between basic and variable wages; the basic salary will increase from 18 to 40 percent.

Muslim Brotherhood’s Shura Council said they are prepared to step back to unite the revolutionary factions and announced it is ready to let go of the demand to release ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Also:

  • Ministry of Health: Hepatitis C treatment drug will be available for sale in July.
  • Ministry of Justice assign judges families with primary courts.
  • Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs visits Ethiopia to follow up on negotiations.
  • Doctors begin a resignation campaign Tuesday and Minister of Health Adel al-Adawy will meet ministerial committee to discuss the crisis; the syndicate continues the strike.
  • Mail employees enter open strike and expectation of international losses and fines.

Al-Shorouq press

Al-Shorouq

Cairo Metro employees sent letters to the Cabinet, demanding to meet with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab within 10 days to present their problems to him.

Minister of Planning Ashraf al-Araby signed a deal last week to get $200 million as funds from various Arab countries. These funds would be for small and medium projects and expect economical development with more than two percent in 2014.

Also:

  • Real estate tax amendments relieve Army clubs, hospitals, schools, NGOs, and political parties from payments.
  • Satirist Bassem Youssef apologizes for the plagiarized article and said he did not handle it right and decided to take a vacation from writing.
  • Minister of Transitional Justice Mohamed Amin El-Mahdy: Ministry is not concerned about reconciliation between political parties but between social classes themselves.
  • $750 million assigned from foreign banks for petroleum sector.
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