Egypt Press Review: April 15

Youm7 press


The presidential campaign of former Defense Minister Abdel Fatah al-Sisi presented 200,000 endorsements to the Supreme Electoral Commission Monday, Sisi’s official Facebook page stated.

Cairo Court for Urgent Matters obliged the Cabinet and the interim President Adly Mansour to designate the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis as a “terrorist” organization.


  • The legal advisor of Sisi’s presidential campaign, Bahaa Abu Shaka, submitted nomination papers that qualified Sisi as the first official presidential candidate.
  • Al-Azhar’s fact-finding committee began a mediating reconciliation with two feuding tribes in Aswan.

Ahram press


The Ministry of Health announced that the bloody clashes that took place Monday at Cairo University between Muslim Brotherhood students and security forces left one dead and 12 injuries, including three journalists.

Planning Minister Ashraf al-Araby revealed governmental plans to increase electricity fees for 20 percent of the nation’s wealthiest citizens prior to the presidential elections.

Minister of Defense General Officer Sedki Sobhi and his U.S. counterpart Chuck Hagel discussed over the phone bilateral relations and regional security issues including recent “terrorist” acts in Egypt.

Akhbar press


  • Egyptian Interpol detained former finance minister Youssef Boutros Ghali in Paris over financial corruption charges.
  • EU ambassador to Cairo James Moran and the Foreign Affairs Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding to monitor the forthcoming presidential elections.
  • The Cabinet spokesperson announced that Egypt will launch from Kazakhstan a new Egyptian satellite called “Egypt Sat” to support the current one.
  • The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi accused of inciting murder against protesters at Ithadeya Palace to April 19.

Al-Masry Al-Youm press

Al-Masry Al-Youm

The presidency returned the “counter-terrorism” draft law to the Cabinet to conduct social dialogue about the law after many human rights organizations voiced their concern over its articles.


  • The Education Ministry announced it will register 68,674 new teachers after it finished reviewing their work papers.
  • The Ministry of Transport invited Interim President Adly Mansour to inaugurate the second stage of the Metro Line 3 project during the first week of May.
  • Clashes erupted between Muslim Brotherhood students and administrative security in Al-Azhar University and Zagazig University, leaving three injuries.

Al-Shorouq press


  • The state-run National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) demanded legislative amendments regarding children’s rights.
  • The Shibin El Kom prosecution decided to detain eight suspects accused of forming a “terrorist” cell for 15 days pending investigations.
  • The Minister of Endowments decided to forbid political figures affiliated with any party from delivering the Friday sermons.
  • The campaign of presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi announced it will declare the final number of Sabbahi’s endorsements by the end of this week.
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