7pm News Wrapup May 22
By THE CAIRO POST

News:

The Mansoura Criminal Court handed down 54 life sentences to alleged Muslim Brotherhood members in a mass trial over charges of joining a terrorist group, rioting, and committing acts of violence.

Ethiopian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Dina Mufti said that his government is ready to discuss Egyptian proposals regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

A total of 45 African Union delegation members will monitor the presidential elections in Egypt scheduled for May 26 and 27.

Politics:

Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabbahi told Al-Ahram that if he does not win the presidential elections, he might accept becoming Egypt’s prime minister, but the campaign denies.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) announced a week of escalated protests against the presidential elections.

Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) held a conference Thursday called Down with the Protest Law in solidarity with Alexandrian lawyer and political activist Mahinour el-Masry.

Business:

Egypt’s general budget for the fiscal year 2013-2014, featuring a 30 percent energy subsidy cut, remains unachievable unless serious economic reform policies, including an energy price hike are implemented.

Editors Picks:

The participation of 30 million Egyptians in the elections is not enough, all Egyptians must participate in the elections, presidential candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in an interview conducted by Al-Arabya Al-Hadath Channel Wednesday.

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