Wednesday newspapers’ headlines in Egypt discussed the economy, politics and the health of former President Mohamed Morsi, who is said to be well.
The privately-owned daily Youm7 dedicated its front page almost entirely to the exclusive recordings it obtained of former President Hosni Mubarak.
In the third installment of the recordings, Mubarak described “the Renaissance Project” of the former ruling elite, the Muslim Brotherhood, as the “biggest hoax” in Egyptian history.
The paper also discussed the Cairo Criminal Court’s ruling on Tuesday to “temporarily” freeze the assets of the Brotherhood’s top leaders and other Islamist politicians including former Supreme Guide of the group Mohamed Badie, and Khairat Al Shater.
The state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper quoted Egypt’s Prime Minister, Hazem al-Beblawy, as saying that there will be no extra taxes in the upcoming period.
Beblawy held a meeting at the Ministry of Investments, on Tuesday reviewing the government efforts to attract more foreign investments. Beblawy said the government is currently amending laws to attract more foreign investments, and explained the steps of upcoming economic reforms.
On the counter-terrorism operations in North Sinai, the state-owned newspaper reported more strikes on Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed, the bombing of terrorist hotbeds and the destruction of 3 weapon stores.
The paper quoted an official source stating that 95% of the smuggling tunnels have been destroyed, and that the security forces have launched an inclusive combing campaign in the villages south of Arish and Airport Road.
The state-owned Akhbar el-Yom newspaper reported that the passenger train service will be activated next week, after nearly 40 days of stoppage. The authorities halted the train movement shortly after the dispersal of the Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares, fearing a flock of the group’s supporters arriving from the governorates.
Successive meetings between officials of Interior Ministry, Ministry of Transportation, Egyptian National Railways, and Ministry of Local Development resulted in arrangements to guarantee the flow of trains on the railways.
Among these arrangements, Akhbar el-Yom reports, is the installation of explosive detectors at Cairo station, using trained dogs inside the coaches before the train departure, luggage inspection and labeling the bags with security–checked stickers.
Akhbar el-Yom also stated that the Minister of Housing, Ibrahim Mihlib, in his meeting with the members of Egyptian Businessmen Association (EBA), said that the government allocated EGP 22 billion for payments due to contractor companies.
Former President Mohamed Morsi is well, reported the privately-owned newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm. The paper quoted Osama, the son of the ousted president, as saying that he received a call from his father who “seemed OK, self confident.” “He rejects the authorities’ calls for negotiation and considers himself the legitimate president,” Osama said.
Al-Masry Al-Youm also reported that Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, the prominent Egyptian political writer, met two leaders of Muslim Brotherhood Tuesday. The writer said that since his resignation from Al-Ahram newspaper in 1974, he has chosen to be a neutral political writer and analyst without being involved or supportive of any current.
He also stated that legitimacy is not a suitable issue to argue about at this critical turning point in Egypt’s history, adding that the current interim government is a reality that everybody must accept.