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Arab world takes centre stage at Davos

Arab world takes centre stage at Davos | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

The Arab world takes centre stage at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday with Jordan's King Abdullah II set to address global political and business leaders.

The premiers of Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia and the Palestinian Territories will discuss transformations in Arab countries, while US Senator John McCain is taking part in a panel on the future of conflict-torn Syria. (...)

Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil also spoke Thursday of the need for his country to focus on its economy now that the political transition is moving forward two years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

"Two years ago the Egyptian people stood against the tyrant of Egypt, and in only 18 days they put down Mubarak and his regime and started a new era," he told journalists.

He said that following the election of a civilian president, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, and a constitutional referendum Egypt would have parliamentary elections in two or three months.

"After that we have completed or ended the transition with all the democratic institutions in place. On the other hand, we have to big time work on the economy," he said. (...)

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Second day of sit-in at Qandil's house

Second day of sit-in at Qandil's house | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

For the second day in a row, dozens of academics with master’s and doctoral degrees protested in front of Prime Minister Hesham Qandil’s house on Zuhair Street in Dokki on Thursday.

They blocked the road with barriers as they demanded to be appointed to the state’s administrative body, holding banners reading: “Unemployed with a master’s degree,” and chanting for a new prime minister.

Security forces tried to persuade the protesters to open the road, but had to reroute traffic instead, causing severe traffic congestion.

Central Security Forces were deployed to the area

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Clashes erupt between police and protesters at unemployment sit-in

Demonstrators and police clashed in front of Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil's home after a sit-in protesting unemployment in the country, officials said.

The April 6 Youth Movement had arranged the week-long sit-in in Dokki to protest to rising unemployment, Egypt Independent reported Monday. At least 3.4 million Egyptians were unemployed during the second half of 2012, reports by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics indicated.

Police said they arrested April 6 member Mohamed al-Assad after he allegedly threw a gasoline bomb at a police truck at Qandil's home.


Another April 6 member, Mohamed Kamal, said al-Assad was not responsible for the incident because it was an infiltrator hired at the scene who threw the improvised explosive.

Twelve other people at the sit-in were also arrested, al-Ahram Online reported

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Three Islamist And Liberal Parties Call For Egypt's PM Dismissal

Three Islamist And Liberal Parties Call For Egypt's PM Dismissal | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Two of Islamist political parties in Egypt, the Reform and Development Party and Al-Wasat party, have called for the dismissal of Egypt's Prime Minister, citing poor government manageability following the deadly Badrashin train accident.

Egypt's health ministry reported that 19 conscripts from the country's Central Security Forces were killed and at least 120 others injured after their train carriage derailed on Monday night in the town of Badrashin while en route from Upper Egypt to the capital, Cairo.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Reform and Development Party said that sacking the transport minister alone was not enough a punishment.

Essam Sultan, vice president of the Wasat party said the PM's "politeness" in addressing the train crash does not qualify him to lead a country of 90 million people where services have collapsed many times before.

On his Facebook page, Sultan wrote: "Even though ousted president Hosni Mubarak's regime has left a deteriorated railway system, the current government is not taking the appropriate actions."

 

He said the Egyptian government should take "bold actions" to improve similar problems in the country.

Egypt-actus's insight:

'Dismiss the Cabinet'

Both the Reform and Development and Al-Wasat parties previously called on the dismissal of the Egyptian cabinet for their "inefficient" role in solving political and economic problems negatively affecting the lives of Egyptians.

Similarly, the liberal Egyptian Social Democratic Party also released a statement on Tuesday offering their condolences to the families of the victims, saying they suffer from a government that "refuses to prioritise its goals, especially in subjects that involve transportation."

"It's ironic that the Badrashin accident took place on the same day the general prosecutor referred two defendants in last November's Assiut bus-train crash to a criminal court," the statement said.

The statement added that the prosecutor general's move demonstrates poor prioritisation within the current government that promises to boost the nation's productivity over acknowledging the value of an Egyptian life.

The statement listed four other similar train accidents that took place over the past six months since Mohamed Morsi took power in June 2012.

The party also expressed hope that the government would put the demands of the revolution – bread, freedom, social justice and human dignity – as a foremost priority, warning that the patience of the Egyptian people was wearing thin.

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