Egypt Press Review: July 3
Egyptian Press
By AMIRA EL-FEKKI

Youm7 press

Youm7

  • Suez Canal records highest revenue in its history with 37 billion EGP (more than $5.3 billion)
  • Gamal Mubarak abstains from attending and answering questions in investigations of illegal seizure and money laundering worth $700 million, as defense lawyer Fareed el-Deeb requests change of head of General Department of Public Funds Investigations.
  • Ministry of Interior attempts to cover its mistakes in facing terrorism.
  • Government subsidies on food supplies decrease by 20 percent.
  • Court sentences son of former president Mohamed Morsi to one year in jail and a 10,000 EGP fine for drug abuse.
  • Imprisoned MB leader Mohamed el-Beltagy attempts to send a letter from jail to Al-Jazeera calling on youth to escalate protests on July 3.

Al-Ahram press

Al-Ahram

  • Ministers’ Cabinet amends law on taxes on houses, allocating 25 percent of taxes revenue for the development of slum areas.
  • Ibrahim Mahlab forms committee to redefine borders of governorates by the first week of August.
  • Minister of electricity Mohamed Shaker declared the opening of a wind power plant in Suez Gulf within one week.
  • Political parties continue to seek amendment in the law on parliamentary elections and form alliances to increase chances of acquiring seats, demanding more representation for women, Copts, workers, farmers, Egyptians abroad and disabled citizens.

Akhbar press

Al-Akhbar

  • Police arrests suspects accused of explosion attempt of Shubra Metro station on June 25.
  • After eight years of halt, exchange line between Port Tawfik in Suez and Port Dhiba in Saudi Arabia is back into operation: Minister of Transportation.
  • Fuel shortage crsis escalates in Cairo and other governorates amid concerns over increase in fuel price.
  • Amendments in law on tax on houses, allocating another 25 percent for administrative development in governorates, including establishing a project to provide job opportunities for youth at the cost of 10 billion EGP.

Al-Masry Al-Youm press

Al-Masry Al-Youm

  • President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi criticizes Ministry of Interior’s negligence in securing Ithadeya area.
  • Investigations reveal police officer involvement in escape attempt of Adel Habbara, the prime suspect in the Rafah massacre which killed 25 Central Security soldiers.
  • Socialist Popular Alliance calls for amendment of law on parliamentary elections.
  • Power outage continues across governorates, Aswan citizens cut off roads in protest against electricity crisis.

Al-Shorouq press

Al-Shorouq

  • Ministry of Interior intensifies security measures to face pro-Muslim Brotherhood expected protests and violence on July 3.
  • Investigations reveal neglect in security procedures by bomb squad experts behind Ithadeya explosions which killed two.
  • Freed high school students claim assaults by security forces and call for further protests against Minister of Education.
  • Crisis in water resources hit different governorates, while water is cut in some towns for consecutive days.
  • Bassem Youssef speaks of possible new project, away from political satire.
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