Egypt Press Review: March 27
By EHAB EL-SHAZLY

Youm7 press

Youm7

Former Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi resigned after a meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in order to run for president.

Interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab visited Asyut Wednesday to follow up the Asyut Barrage project as part of a development plan for Upper Egypt.

Also:

·      The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera): 20 percent of Egyptian citizens will not be able to find clean water by 2020.

·      The government prepares a new fiscal budget and seeks solutions for the energy crisis.

·      The Armed Forces arrested 17 assailants in North Sinai and destroyed 16 underground tunnels.

·      Arab League summit’s conclusion statement rejects tactics of “terrorist” groups.

 Ahram press

Al-Ahram

Doctors and pharmacists continued their partial strike for the 19th consecutive day and launched a mass resignation campaign.

The Arab summit members promised to provide support for “Arab Spring” countries in order to enable them to pass transitional phases, and condemned what they called the “massacres” of the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Also:

·      One student killed during clashes that erupted between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and security forces at Cairo University.

·        Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab: Full authority granted to governors to develop Upper Egypt.

·      Turkish court suspends Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision to block Twitter.

·      U.S. Department of State: Minya Criminal Court verdict will affect aid to Egypt.

 Akhbar press

Al-Akhbar

Minister of Education Mahmoud Abou el-Nasr demanded security procedures to preserve the safety of students, teachers and educational buildings.

Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker described electricity outages as difficult and due to a lack of fuel. He demanded austerity.

Also:

·        New evidence against former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and former Minister of Interior Habib Al-Adly in the license plates case.

·      The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces accepts the resignation of Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and thanked him for his efforts in developing the army.

·      Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission is to announce election dates Sunday.

 Al-Masry Al-Youm press

Al-Masry Al-Youm

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby said reconciliation during the Arab summit failed despite efforts to clear conflicts between Arab countries.

Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade and Investment Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour announced the resumption of negotiations around free trade agreements between Egypt and the Eurasian Economic Union, and importing liquefied gas from Russia.

Also:

·      Ministry of Environment official report: Usage of coal in industry destroys brain cells and causes cancer.

·      United Nations: Cairo did not request “internationalizing” Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam case.

·      June 30 fact-finding committee demands suspension of violence against Coptic Christians in Upper Egypt.

·      Khaled Said case verdict announced the nullity of his arrest and said he was tortured and was treated with cruelty, leading to his death.

·      Post office workers shut their offices and protested in Alexandria against the arrest of five of their leaders.

 Al-Shorouq press

Al-Shorouq

National Council on Disability Affairs Secretary General Hossam al-Massah signed a cooperation protocol Wednesday with the Ministry of Interior for disabled issues, adding that any disabled person should turn to the council if hurt by the police.

Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly said implementing minimum wage for pensions will not be completed unless funds are provided by the Ministry of Finance.

Also:

·      Israel releases archive about relations with Egypt during the 35 anniversary of the peace treaty.

·      Ministry of Interior deploys 150,000 soldiers to counter any rioting.

·      Ministry of Education: No delay for end of the year exams. 

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