Electricity not to be interrupted during Sisi inauguration: official
Minister of electricity Mohamed shaker - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Egyptians will be able to watch the inauguration ceremony of the president-elect Abdel Fatah al-Sisi due on Sunday morning without power outages, an official source at the Ministry of Electricity and Energy told Youm7 Saturday.

“There is coordination between the ministries of electricity and Petroleum in preparation for the inauguration day of Egypt’s newly president-elect that would be watched by the whole world,” stressed the source.

The source added that the Cabinet’s declaration of Sunday as a public holiday for Sisi’s inauguration would reduce the load on the electrical system.

Rolling blackouts have become a constant feature of life in Cairo, where fuel shortages necessitate power stations reducing service during peak usage hours.

In April 24 opinion poll, The Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (El-Baseera) revealed that 86 percent of Egyptians are suffering from power outages.

The total production of generated electricity reached 164,600 megawatts/hour in 2012/2013, compared to 157,400 megawatts/hour in 2011/2012 with a 4.6 percent increase, according to a Thursday statement of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS). CAPMAS added that petrol and natural gas consumption in Egypt reached 71.6 million metric tons in 2011/2012, compared to 68.3 million metric tons in 2010/2011 with a 4.9 percent increase.

Former Defense Minister Sisi is scheduled to be sworn in as president on Sunday after his landslide victory in the Egypt presidential election; Sisi garnered over 96.9 percent of the votes and his challenger, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabbahi gained 3.4 percent while 4.8 percent of votes were declared void, the High Presidential Elections Committee announced Tuesday.

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