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Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi has said that achieving tangible social justice and establishing a democratic system are priorities on his electoral platform.
Sabahi met on Thursday with a group of the revolution's youth in a meeting arranged by the National Partnership Current, headed by Shadi al-Ghazali Harb and Mahmoud Afifi.
The main axes of my electoral platform are national independence, social justice, and freedom, Sabahi said in a statement.
Sabahi called for crystallizing a collective political, cultural and moral stance against violence and terrorism as well as those who call for it.
Security and stability should not substitute rights, he stated.
"I contest the election with the same spirit I had when I went to Tahrir Square on January 25 and June 30 to fight a democratic battle," Sabahi said.
The successive transitional authorities are the main culprit in frustrating Egyptians because they did not offer them anything, he explained.
Sabahi also said that if he does not win the election, he will form a strong opposition which any ruler will find hard to ignore.
Les porte-paroles des 2 candidats à la présidentielle "se battent" pour le titre de meilleur ennemi d'Israël
Alors que les deux porte-paroles des candidats en lice semblent faire de la surenchère pour le titre de meilleur ennemi d'Israël, la fin de campagne pour les prochaines présidentielles égyptiennes, qui se tiendront le 26 mai, semble être déterminée par la question de savoir quel candidat est le plus hostile à l'Etat hébreu.
"Nous soutenons quiconque combat l'ennemi sioniste, mais si ses armes sont pointées vers l'Egypte, nous couperons les mains de ceux qui les détiennent", a déclaré Mahmoud Badr, le directeur de campagne du maréchal al-Sissi lors d'un débat à la télévision libanaise Al-Manar affiliée au Hezbollah.
Tamer Hindawi, porte-parole pour le seul autre candidat, Hamdeen Sabbahi, a quant à lui déclaré: "Notre inimitié envers l'ennemi sioniste est à la source même de notre existence (...) C'est soit eux, soit nous, mais pas de paix possible; c'est ce que nous croyons. L'ennemi sioniste est clairement le chef du colonialisme dans notre région".
Interrogé sur la position de Sabbahi quant aux accords de paix de Camp David qu'Israël et l'Egypte ont signé en 1997, Hindawi répond : "A notre avis, les accords de Camp David sont la cause de bon nombre de nos crises actuelles et pourraient même être la principale raison de l’assujettissement de l'Egypte à l'Amérique".
Hindawi a également accusé Israël d'être la cause du déclin du rôle prépondérant de l'Egypte dans le monde arabe, islamique et africain.
"Si cela ne tenait qu'à moi, je supprimerais les accords de camp David immédiatement", a encore dit le porte-parole de Hamdeen Sabbahi avant d'ajouter : "Sabbahi estime que les sionistes sont notre ennemi et il sera prêt, quand l'heure sera venue, à prendre des mesures historiques".
Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi described the upcoming presidential elections as part of a large route towards achieving democracy, reported Youm7 on Thursday.
Sabbahi, who is a founding member of the Popular Current, also called for the youth of the revolution to apply as candidates in forthcoming parliamentary and local elections in order to regain the confidence of the people.
He added during his meeting with a number of revolutionary movements on Thursday that civil society is the main guarantee to ensuring the neutrality and integrity of the coming processes to pave the way for different parties to participate in the political process.
He added, “I decided to run for the presidency to participate in the current democratic struggle with the same spirit by which I participated in the January 25 Revolution and June 30 demonstrations in Tahrir Square. It is an opportunity to bridge the gap of difference between the revolutionaries and those people who suffered from frustration for three years.”
He blamed the consecutive transitional governments since 2011 for the current state of frustration witnessed in the country.
Sabbahi will run against Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in the presidential elections scheduled to take place on May 26 and 27.
Par Amrou Kotb
If protests and demonstrations are no longer effective and calls for reconciliation fall upon deaf ears, perhaps it’s time for nonviolent activists to look to community service as a vehicle for change. Vice president of local NGO Sheraa, specializing in constitutional and legislative reform, Aly El Shalakany, believes that working with NGOs is the best medium to bring about change. El Shalakany himself is one of the young revolutionaries who spent most of the eighteen days leading to Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in Tahrir Square. According to the young VP, change must come through what he calls a 9 to 5 approach.
"In Egypt we are at a point where protest is no longer an effective tool for activism," El Shalakany says. "The early movers of the revolution, the ones who were in Tahrir on January 25th, have realized this and have moved on to a 9 to 5 approach." El Shalakany explains that change is a fulltime job and that "activists are now getting involved in their communities, they are working with NGOs or local community initiatives to sponsor youth development programs or improve living conditions in their immediate surroundings."
While El Shalakany’s suggestion is geared toward the long term, it carries with it implications for denouncing present-day violence in Egypt. As activists channel their efforts toward apolitical community service, support for these organizations widens and they subsequently establish themselves as credible voices for change. When activists work through NGOs to deplore acts of violence, the voice of condemnation stands the chance of becoming powerful and cohesive as it is fueled by the support of benefactors who can attest to the organization’s effectiveness.
A few days ago, I witnessed a disagreement in the middle of a Cairo street, which was quickly escalating into a physical altercation. A similar incident saw a man stabbed to death in broad daylight weeks earlier. As I casually wondered if the same would happen, I left the dispute in my wake. Later, I cursed my indifference; apolitical or not, my sensitization seemed to be leaving me.
Waking up to the horror is the first step and channeling efforts to the work of NGO’s may very well be the second; but as I write this in the hours following yet another Friday shift, I find that for me, there is nothing harder than staying awake.
أصدر المهندس ابراهيم محلب، رئيس مجلس الوزراء، قراراً بتشكيل مجموعة عمل وزارية برئاسة الدكتور محمد ابراهيم، وزير الآثار، تتولى وضع البرامج والخطط العاجلة والبعيدة المدى لحماية والحفاظ على موقع القاهرة التاريخية كممتلك تراث عالمي .
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Thursday called on Egypt to stop what he described as "unnecessary noise" about a Nile dam project.
"Ethiopia has been working with riparian countries towards bringing about fair and equitable utilization of the Nile waters," Desalegn told the House of Peoples' Representatives, Ethiopia's lower house of parliament.
"Egypt should come on board instead of making unnecessary noise," he said as he presented a report about his government performance to the parliament.
Ethiopia is building a $6.4-billion dam on the Blue Nile, which represents Egypt's primary source of water.
The project has raised alarm bells in Egypt, the Arab world's most populous country, which fears a reduction of its historical share of Nile water.
Water distribution among Nile basin states has long been regulated by a colonial-era treaty giving Egypt and Sudan the lion's share of river water.
Desalegn said that Cairo has launched an international campaign against the Grand Renaissance Dam.
"Egypt we know is preparing to take the case to the United Nations, but Ethiopia is ready for that," he said, going on to say that the 31 percent of the dam project has completed.
The Ethiopian premier said that his government has been lobbying upper riparian countries to ratify the Comprehensive Framework Agreement, known as the Entebe agreement.
Signed in 2010 by six riparian countries, the agreement aims to replace a 1959 colonial-era treaty that gives Egypt and Sudan the lion's share of river water.
Desalegn told the MPs that Ethiopia has already ratified the agreement, while Kenya, Uganda and Burundi have referred the bill to their parliaments for endorsement.
"We are pushing Tanzania to follow suit," he said, going on to say that South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo would also implement the agreement.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister said that his country has forged strategic cooperation frameworks with all neighboring nations except Eritrea.
Tensions between Addis Ababa and Asmara have persisted since a bloody two-year border war – in which tens of thousands were killed – ended in 2000.
By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP
CAIRO: The Ministry of Health has set an emergency plan to combat coronavirus after it was found in a number of camels in Egypt following its spread in various Middle Eastern countries, according to a Thursday statement issued by the ministry.
The statement includes the purpose of the plan, the symptoms of the virus, precautionary measures and what to do when someone is suspected to be infected with the virus.
The common symptoms of coronavirus are acute respiratory illness, fever, difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, coughing, and in most cases pneumonia. In some (extreme) cases the virus may cause kidney failure, the statement added. The death rate of people infected with the virus has reached 50 percent.
Last Sunday, the health ministry announced in a statement that according to a study the National Research Center conducted, they discovered the virus in four camels out of 491 samples coming from Sudan and Ethiopia, but that they have not discovered any cases among humans.
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report stating that 89 people have died from coronavirus out of 213 since November 2012, according to Egypt Independent.
The disease recently resurfaced in Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Emirates, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Tunisia, according to the Thursday statement issued by Egypt’s Health Ministry. According to Ahram Online, WHO said that the virus cannot be easily transmitted to humans.
In February Youm7 reported that a 56-year-old woman was suspected of having coronavirus in Aswan, after she returned from Saudi Arabia, according to an official medical source at a hospital in Kom Ombo. However the Deputy Minister of Health denied that the woman had coronavirus.
Amr Qandil, chief of the ministry’s preventive medicine sector, told Youm7 Sunday that there have been no detected cases of coronavirus in Egypt until now, adding that they did not set any “exceptional plans” to combat the virus.
According to the Thursday statement issued by the ministry, the plan set by the ministry aims to discover the disease early and to limit and control the spreading of the disease if it appears in Egypt.
Furthermore, the plan includes providing publications in all health centers to raise awareness about the disease and to implement the instructions and procedures in the publications.
Additional reporting by Dana al-Hadedy.
"Le volume des échanges se chiffre à 28 millions de dollars en 2013. Ils ont connu une hausse de 80% l'année dernière, contre 15 millions de dollars l'année précédente", a révélé mardi l'ambassadeur égyptien, Hecham Maher, lors d'une visite dans les locaux de l'APS. "Cela a évolué, mais pas au niveau où je l'espère", a déclaré l'ambassadeur d'Egypte, s'adressant au directeur général de l'APS Thierno Birahim Fall et aux responsables de la rédaction centrale. "Il y a pas mal de travail à faire, car les échanges commerciaux ne sont pas au niveau où je les espérais", a dit Hecham Maher, avant de rappeler que l'année dernière, deux délégations d'hommes d’affaires sénégalais évoluant dans l'agro-alimentaire et les produits chimiques avaient visité l'Egypte en vue de nouer des partenariats. S'y ajoute que des hommes d'affaires et entreprises égyptiennes participent régulièrement à la Foire internationale de Dakar, devenue un rendez-vous annuel. Selon le diplomate égyptien, des acteurs économiques égyptiens avaient également demandé et obtenu leur participation au Groupe consultatif 2014 pour le Sénégal, une table ronde des bailleurs tenue à Paris le 24 février dernier. La coopération sénégalo-égyptienne "est très vivante dans le domaine de l'agriculture et de l'élevage", a insisté l'ambassadeur Hecham Maher. "Dans le domaine de l'agriculture, a-t-il dit, des techniciens égyptiens sont en train d'expérimenter la culture du blé au Nord. Nous sommes en train de discuter pour voir comment aller plus loin, et dans le domaine de l'élevage, c'est aussi la même chose". Si l'on en croit Hecham Maher, des possibilités de coopération entre les deux pays existent dans le domaine des énergies renouvelables, des télécommunications, ainsi qu'en matière de maîtrise de l'eau.
Pape Diattao Badji
Ethiopia's bold decision to pay for a huge dam itself has overturned generations of Egyptian control over the Nile's waters, and may help transform one of the world's poorest countries into a regional hydropower hub.
By spurning an offer from Cairo for help financing the project, Addis Ababa has ensured it controls the construction of the Renaissance Dam on a Nile tributary. The electricity it will generate - enough to power a giant rich-world city like New York - can be exported across a power-hungry region.
But the decision to fund the huge project itself also carries the risk of stifling private sector investment and restricting economic growth, and may jeopardize Ethiopia's dream of becoming a middle income country by 2025.
The dam is now a quarter built and Ethiopia says it will start producing its first 750 megawatts of electricity by the end of this year. In the sandy floor of the Guba valley, near the Sudanese border, engineers are laying compacted concrete to the foundations of the barrage that will tower 145 meters high and whose turbines will throw out 6,000 megawatts - more than any other hydropower project in Africa.
So far, Ethiopia has paid 27 billion birr ($1.5 billion) out of a total projected cost of 77 billion birr for the dam, which will create a lake 246 km (153 miles) long.
It is the biggest part of a massive program of public spending on power, roads and railways in one of Africa's fastest growing economies. Ethiopia's output has risen at near double digit rates for a decade, luring investors from Sweden to China.
But economists warn that squeezing the private sector to pay for the public infrastructure could hurt future prospects. Growth is already showing signs of slowing.
Even so, Addis Ababa says the price is worth paying to guarantee Egypt has no veto over the dam, the centerpiece of a 25-year project to profit from East Africa's accelerating economic growth by exporting electricity across the region.
"We did not want this dam to suffer from external pressures, particularly with respect to financing," said Fekahmed Negash, a director within Ethiopia's Ministry of Water and Energy.