Al-Ahram state-run newspaper leads with the approval of a new law on workers’ rights by the People’s Assembly.
“Ensuring the rights of employees in companies on sale is a priority,” reads the headline. The law was drafted to tackle problems arising from the privatization of government companies, with new business owners sometimes treating employees poorly, not paying salaries and even closing down the company altogether.
The front pages of state-run and independent newspapers also feature the current crisis between lawyers, judges and prosecutors in Egypt.
Al-Ahram and Al-Akhbar both headline with similar stories: “President of Supreme Judicial Council calls for putting out the fire of strife and preventing escalation.”
According to both papers, the president of the Supreme Judicial Council said the crisis will not be solved unless the law is enforced, and respected by both sides.
On the other hand, Al-Shorouq reports that lawyers are threatening to take their problem to the United Nations in their search for a solution.
Anger over the killing of Khalid Saeed by police officers continues in Alexandria, Al-Shorouq also reports. According to the paper, thousands of citizens protested against the police officers’ actions in front of Saeed’s house.
As thanaweyya amma (high school) examinations continue for around half a million of students all around Egypt, students have reacted negatively to the English and algebra exams, which are said to be unusually difficult, Al-Ahram reports.
According to Rose el-Youssef newspaper, Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif has promised the government will pay for medication for citizens with limited resources. The plan also includes improving the standards of some government-owned hospitals and providing them with new equipment.
Al-Ahram: Daily, state-run, largest distribution in Egypt
Al-Akhbar: Daily, state-run, second to Al-Ahram in institutional size
Al-Gomhorriya: Daily, state-run
Rose el-Youssef: Daily, state-run, close to the National Democratic Party’s Policies Secretariat
Al-Dostour: Daily, privately owned
Al-Shorouq: Daily, privately owned
Al-Wafd: Daily, published by the liberal Wafd Party
Al-Arabi: Weekly, published by the Arab Nasserist party
Youm7: Weekly, privately owned
Sawt el-Umma: Weekly, privately owned