Cairo governorate announces state of emergency for Sisi inauguration
presidential palace,Kobri el-Qobba - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo governorate announced a state of emergency for governorate apparatuses until the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on Sunday, according to a Friday statement.

The Cairo governorate is currently carrying out new renovations at all presidential palaces, especially at Kobri el-Qobba palace where the inauguration ceremony will be held and attended by world leaders.

Sky News Arabia reported Wednesday evening that Egypt had invited 22 countries to the inauguration ceremony, and had excluded Qatar, Israel and Turkey, due to “hostile stances” toward Egypt.

Sayed Khalifa, the supervisor of the projects and gardens of the presidential palaces, said Kobri el-Qobba palace is ready for the inauguration. Khalifa told Youm7 they used 130 trucks to transfer pruning wastes and plants.

The costs of maintenance work, trimming and decorating the palace garden are at the expense of the Agriculture Ministry’s budget, he said. He added the palace garden has an area of 124 acres and includes rare trees and plants.

The gardens of the presidential palaces are in good condition, especially Kobri el-Qobba palace, which includes old trees planted more than 200 years ago, official sources from the Agriculture Ministry told Youm7.

Twenty-five agriculture engineers and experts along with 100 workers participated in rehabilitating the presidential palaces’ gardens, the source added.

Meanwhile, Egyptian state television reported Sunday that Emirati singer Hussain Al Jasmi, the singer of the “Boshret Kheir” (A Good Omen) song, which encouraged people to vote in the presidential election, will perform at the inauguration.

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