7pm News Wrapup May 6
By THE CAIRO POST

The April 6 Youth Movement will hold a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the court ruling banning the movement at the Press Syndicate, in coordination with the syndicate’s Freedoms Committee, according to a Monday press release.

News:

Foreign Affairs Minister Nabil Fahmy met Monday with the Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, Ambassador Smail Chergui, to discuss Egypt’s future in the African Union, according to a Tuesday statement from ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty.

The Egyptian Center for Development Studies and Human Rights refused the annual report issued by the U.S. Department of State to discuss religious freedom in Egypt. It described the report as interference in Egypt’s affairs and an attempt to clash with the Egyptian state.

Politics:

 An Egyptian court has banned officials from the country’s former ruling party under ousted President Hosni Mubarak from running in elections. The ban comes as Egypt prepares for presidential elections later this month. Former military chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi — who removed Islamist president and Mubarak’s successor, Mohamed Morsi — is poised to win that vote.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) will not discuss the parliamentary elections at this time and believes any talk is “premature,” NASL member Magdy Qurqur told The Cairo Post on Tuesday.

Business:

 The Ministry of Agriculture issued a report Tuesday that since Jan. 1, 2014 it received 511,000 tons of wheat from local farmers, which is 48 percent more than the amount received in the same period last year.

The Egyptian government will repay some of the debt owed to foreign companies during May and June to stimulate foreign companies in Egypt to boost production, Minister of Petroleum Sherif Ismail said on Tuesday.

In-Depth:

In his first interview since announcing his bid for president on March 27, presidential candidate and former Minister of Defense Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi presented his electoral platform. Additionally, he claimed that two assassination attempts targeted him, and confirmed that the Muslim Brotherhood will cease to exist during his presidential term.

Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi held a press conference in Mahalla on Monday after security forces contained skirmishes that erupted between his supporters and supporters of rival candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Editor’s Pick:

 Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s statements relaying his attitude and intent in dealing with Islamists, during his interview aired Monday evening, have been the source of much debate, whereby a series of divisive statements, critiquing political Islam and claiming that he would eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood, drew varying responses.

 

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