7pm News Wrapup May 9
By THE CAIRO POST

News

As it usual after Friday prayer, protests were staged by pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators in Cairo and Giza; however, today clashes erupted between pro-MB students and security forces in campus housing at al-Azhar University, and 7 students were reported detained.

Robert Stephen Beecroft was chosen to be United States Ambassador to Egypt after almost nine months passed with the position vacant.

Floods caused by storms in South Sinai killed a 5-year-old and injured seven others Friday. The floods destroyed a number of roads and swept away shacks in Nuweiba and Taba, the most affected areas in the governorate.

Politics:

The mounting role assumed by the Nour Party in Egypt’s political scene has raised questions over the role that the Islamists will perform during the upcoming period.

Many politicians believe that the secular parties should form electoral coalitions during the upcoming parliamentary elections, while others expected that the Nour Party could join coalitions with non-Islamist parties.

Business:

The Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) will hold an urgent meeting to discuss government’s decision to impose a 5 percent tax on persons with annual incomes of more than 1 million EGP ($142,000,) the head of FEI Mohamed el-Sweedy announced in a statement released Thursday.

In-Depth:

Prince Talal Bin Abdel Aziz, President of the Arab Council for Childhood and Development, signed a cooperation protocol Thursday with the Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Waly in order to help implement an integrated plan to rehabilitate street children.

Editor’s Pick:

As the presidential elections near, due at the end of the month, the only two official candidates have begun declaring their platforms, both of whom overtly shun the Muslim Brotherhood completely. The Brotherhood was designated as a terrorist organization on Dec. 25, 2013 following violent attacks that they were believed to be responsible for.

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