Political parties strongly rejected a reconciliatory initiative launched by former Islamist parliamentarian Mohamed al-Omda, which did not demand the reinstatement of former President Mohamed Morsi, but demanded that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s term be considered “transitional.”
- Arab Contractors, Egypt’s major construction company, announces it has been tasked with building seven tunnels under the New Suez Canal to connect the Delta with Sinai.
Minister of Antiquities Ibrahim el-Damaty said that the New Suez Canal Project does not cross through any archeological sites, but is surrounded with the biggest open military museum in the world. The site witnessed several wars from Ahmose I who drove the Hyksos out of Egypt around 1500 BC until the October War in 1973.
- The Ministry of Endowment licensed 200 female preachers in Greater Cairo to deliver religious lectures for women at mosques.
Street vendors reserved places in Torgoman parking lot, where the government resettled downtown dwellers, but have relocated themselves in the streets of Ramses, causing increasing traffic jams.
- Israel claimed 4,000 acres of olive fields in Bethlehem and Hebron in the West Bank in the biggest confiscation of land by Israelis in 30 years.
The Saudi and Emirati ambassadors will return to Qatar soon per a recent reconciliatory meeting in Riyadh.
- Veteran former Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri is exerting efforts to form a political alliance to run for the parliamentary elections.
Cairo governorate is studying transferring the capital’s remaining street vendors to el-Masalla Market in el-Matariya, a district in northern Cairo.
El-Masalla Market can accommodate up to 8,000 street vendors. Ataba and Ramses, two of Cairo’s busiest neighborhoods, currently 5,500 vendors, according to Mohamed Abdel Tawab, deputy Cairo Governor.
- The Conference Party and March 9 Party announce their support for a proposal to abolish political and religious societies in public universities. Gaber Nassar, head of Cairo University, said political activities in relations to “national causes” are allowed inside the university, but partisan activities will not be allowed.
- Cairo Center for Human Rights Studies warns against the “nationalization” of 40,000 NGOs per a civil society bill that is due to be officially adopted.