Egypt Press Review: Aug. 19
By MOHAMED ALI

Youm7 press

Youm7

The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Monday the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders on charges of escaping from Wadi al-Natroun Prison to Aug. 23. Witnesses said that masked assailants with automatic guns destroyed the prison wall to help prisoners escape.

Also:

  • Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced Monday that Egypt will host a conference for the reconstruction of Gaza after Palestine and Israel reach a sustainable ceasefire
  • A policeman was killed and two were injured after an armed attack on al-Saanta checkpoint in Gharbia
  • 2.3 billion EGP wasted money from land sales corruption in Dabaa and Alamein cities: The Central Auditing Agency

Al-Ahram press

Al-Ahram

Minister of Urban Development Laila Iskandar said during her conference with Maspero area residents that government does not intend to displace them. The area contains 3,500 families.

Also:

  • Minister of Civil Aviation Hossam Kamal said that two exceptional flights will be sent to Gabes international airport in Tunisia to evacuate 500 Egyptians stranded at Ras Jedir border crossing
  • Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi said the Egyptian Army is working on developing air defense system

Akhbar press

Al-Akhbar

  • Government announced 850 million EGP budget to protect Sinai from floods in the next four years
  • The Egyptian Exchange (EGX) lost three million EGP after five consecutive and successive sessions Monday
  • Minister of Solidarity Ghada Waly said they finished amending the early retirement law and the State Council agreed to the amendments

Al-Masry Al-Youm press

Al-Masry Al-Youm

The energy crisis in Egypt broke a record Monday after 20 hours of power cuts in several regions and the deficit exceeded 5,000 megawatt. Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab demanded the power to be cut at his home as it does for other citizens.

Also:

  • The government discussed amendments of protest law  with National Council for Human Rights (NCHR)
  • Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi said during his testimony in former President Hosni Mubarak’s trial that Egyptians handed the power to the Muslim Brotherhood, not the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF)
  • Ministry of Interior is prepared for potential Brotherhood protests in universities

Al-Shorouq press

Al-Shorouq

Political activist Ahmed Harara, who was injured twice in both eyes during the revolution, said the Muslim Brotherhood represents “terrorism” and that Mubarak corrupted the Egyptian peoples’ genes.

Harara did not criticize the testimony of former Minister of Interior Habib al-Adly because “he is a prisoner and has the right to defend himself.”

Also:

  • Cairo Criminal Court decided to adjourn the trial of Adel Habara and 34 others to Aug. 25 in the case publicly known as the “second Rafah massacre”
  • Min. of Manpower Nahed Ashry decided to apply irregular employment law to workers in Suez Canal Axis Development
  • Mini. of Justice assistant Hassan Badrawy said they started discussing anti-genocide draft law on Monday
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