Egypt withdraws land from Egyptian businessmen

Egypt's government has withdrawn 2100 hectares of land from some of the country's leading businessmen because they failed to develop it, a minister who heads a committee investigating failures in industry said on Sunday.

The land was "given to investors through contracts signed in 1996 in which it was indicated that it is essential that investments be carried out there within ten years," Electricity Minister Hassan Younes told reporters.

The land to the northwest of the Suez Canal was withdrawn from businessmen including steel magnate Ahmed Ezz — a former senior official in the party of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak — and telecoms tycoon Naguib Sawiris, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Challenges to sales of state land during Mubarak's three-decade tenure sparked the worse crisis in years for Egypt's real estate industry before his removal from power sent the wider economy into a tailspin.

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