CAIRO: March 2 is the first day in office of the new government, which was sworn into office on Saturday, as the different ministers and Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab arrived to the Cabinet on Sunday morning to examine priority issues on the government’s agenda for the coming period.
Wael el-Degwy, minister of education and scientific research, is facing a pending challenge from the previous government: Securing the educational phase for students, which have witnessed several postponements of classes due to the tense situation due to the outbreak of violent student protests in the past months.
Degwy announced that classes would officially resume on March 8. Furthermore, Degwy is inclined towards the implementation of the cooperation protocol between the ministries of Interior and Education, which allows police forces to be omnipresent within the surroundings of universities and to interfere immediately inside universities in case any violence erupts.
Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Khaled Hanafy, issued a press statement saying that there is an established plan to improve selling subsidized quality bread, as well as cooperative efforts with the ministries of Finance, Petroleum and Solidarity to ensure welfare on goods to those who are entitled to.
As for Mostafa Madbouli, the housing minister, who succeeded Mahlab in his previous position, started with examining the implementation of a project concerning Nile water waste outlet from the Corniche at Maadi to the district of New Cairo in the suburbs.
That project had been pending for years with disputes over delivering the project by the contractors in delivering the project, which cost is estimated at two billion EGP ($286,000.)
On a further note, Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Waly will be working on improving living conditions for the underprivileged class and low-income, as well as pension holders.
Additional reporting by Hend Mokhtar, Hend Adel, Medhat Wahba, Ahmed Hassan and Rahma Ramadan.