CAIRO: Cairo Governor Galal al-Saeed met with Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and the ministers of Finance, Local Development and Investment, Youm7 quoted him Wednesday.
The meeting discussed the file of street vendors in downtown Cairo. Saeed said that the government cares about making downtown a “civilized” area. He said that a place close to Tahrir Square called Wabour el-Tal has been allocated for street vendors and the state is locking for a permanent solution.
Discussions about the crisis included establishing a place for 3,000 street vendors in a multi-story garage in Turguman, Saeed said in a press conference at the Cabinet headquarters, but another place will be built for them within three months, Al-Wafd reported.
As for the street vendor themselves, they refuse to move before a certain place is chosen for them and they threatened to make a “second revolution” if their rights to work were not respected, according to a report in Al-Hayat channel.
Mahlab said in a meeting last week that the government is very serious about finding alternative space for vendors to work because it concerns the “prestige of the state” and would “restore traffic flow,” Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
Additional reporting by Hend Mokhtar.