Government has power to deter outlaws: Mahlab
Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said during an interview with Ashera Masan TV Program Monday that the government has the power to deter outlaws, Youm7 reported.

“We do not accept the killing of our sons in the police force, and we are capable of stopping it and building Egypt and we will confront any attempt to attack Egyptians’ rights.” Mahlab added.

The prime minister’s statements come after a number of explosions took place this morning near the presidential palace of Itahadeya. The bombings claimed the lives of two police officers while nearly ten people were injured.

Today highlights the first anniversary of the June 30 incidents which led to the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.

During the same interview, Mahlab said that the government will stand by citizens’ side to solve their problems.

Regarding the fund which was initiated by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to boost Egypt’s economic crisis, Mahlab said “the president’s initiative will have a positive effect, especially that he himself will be supervising the fund,” adding that “the people’s confidence in [Sisi] is limitless.”

He added that anyone who had exploited the difficult circumstances through which Egypt has suffered and claimed land that belonged to the state should return it.

The government is able to apply the maximum wage decree and those “who cannot sacrifice for the sake of their country should go to the private sector,” adding that “we are at a time that requires immediate actions and sacrifice for our country,” continued Mahlab.

Mahlab also said that censorship against the screening of the controversial film “Halawit Rouh” (Sweetness of Soul) was caused by its depiction of children and sexuality. He issued a decision in April to ban the film after he met with members of the Chamber of Cinema Industry.

Mahlab also added to the same point that in one of the latest harassment incidents, one of the defendants is 13 years old. He said that he believes in freedom of creativity but he is also a responsible and executive man.

Small economic initiatives help save energy, like using power-saving bulbs and rationalizing consumption, he added.

Egypt has the highest rate of sun brightness in the world, said Mahlab explaining that the country should begin to use solar energy.

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