Tuesday’s papers: Quiet pavement outside parliament until further notice

Al-Dostour and Al-Shorouq focus today on the streets in front of the People’s Assembly, which are calm for the first time in months after protesting workers were cleared out yesterday.

Egyptian newspapers also report on a meeting between Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and his Kenyan counterpart. The Kenyan PM confirmed that the leaders of all the Nile basin countries do not wish to negatively impact Egypt’s quota of Nile water. He also said there is general agreement on the framework of a Nile basin initiative, but disputes over specific wording, according to Rose el-Youssef. 

That newspaper also reports that the Kenyan PM denied there was any foreign pressure aimed at driving a wedge between Egypt and the upstream Nile countries, pointing out that Egypt is a member of the African Union.

Meanwhile Gamal Mubarak, head of the ruling National Democratic Party’s powerful Policies Secretariat, is touring Egypt to raise support for NDP candidates in the Shura Council elections scheduled for June, according to Rose el-Youssef. In Daqahliya, confrontation escalated between the Election Commission and the banned Muslim Brotherhood, after the Brotherhood was accused of violating election laws by campaigning in mosques and using the slogal “Islam is the solution,” according to Rose el-Youssef.

Al-Ahram reports that Minister of Petroleum Sameh Fahmi has initiated the expansion of the Midor refinery in Alexandria to increase petroleum products in order to meet increasing demand.

Al-Ahram also reports that the Interior Ministry has solved the mystery of the disapparance of LE2.8 million from the Central Bank. A department head collaborated with the owner of a jewelry shop to execute the crime, say reports. The accused were arrested and referred to the prosecution, which has taken over the investigation.

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