7pm News Wrapup March 27
By THE CAIRO POST

Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will become president through “vote rigging,” Mohamed Gamal Heshmat, a member of the supreme body of the Freedom and Justice Party, said during a Wednesday phone call to Al-Jazeera TV channel.

Coming up: Chief of Staff Sedki Sobhi is scheduled to be sworn-in as minister of defense Thursday, replacing Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Youm7 reported. Interim President Adly Mansour had promoted Sobhi on Wednesday to Colonel General, a rank usually reserved for defense ministers, state news reported.

News

Shubra Criminal Court adjourned Thursday the trial of Mohamed Badie, the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the “Qalyub Highway” case to April 2.

Cairo Criminal Court ordered the release of Hassan Hamdy, Al-Ahly Sporting Club chair and former CEO of Al-Ahram Advertising Agency, Thursday on 100,000 EGP (U.S. $14,350) bail.

Turkey on Thursday banned the video-sharing website YouTube, a week after blocking access to Twitter, after both were used to spread audio recordings implicating the prime minister in corruption, local media reported.

Business

Egyptian Exchange (EGX) indexes collectively declined in Thursday’s mid-session, due to intensive profit taking by Egyptian foundations after former Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi submitted his resignation Wednesday and announced his bid for the presidency.

Egypt intends to import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Russia, Russian Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov said Wednesday, following a meeting with Egypt’s Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade and Investment Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, Russian news agency Itar-Tass news agency reported.

The government intends to borrow 205 billion EGP in treasury bills and bonds during the 4th quarter of the current fiscal year (2013/2014), according the Ministry of Finance’s schedule of government securities released Thursday on its website.

In-Depth

The Customer Protection Agency (CPA) warned Wednesday against buying adulterated drugs for hepatitis C virus (HCV) or liver disease, saying such drugs are not registered at the Ministry of Health.

Filmmaker Mohamed Khan returned to Egyptian cinemas after seven years of absence with “Factory Girl”, written by Wissam Soliman, in her third collaboration with Khan, and stars emerging actress Yasmine el Raeis, Hany Adel, Salwa Khattab, and Salwa Mohamed Aly. The Cairo Post sat down with Khan to ask him about the inspiration for his latest film.

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Many of the women entering the office of the Misr el-Kheir charity are afraid to give their names to anyone who asks. They come and go, seeking legal advice and assistance, and often their families do not even know where they are living.

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