Friday,22 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1379, (1 -7 February 2018)
Friday,22 February, 2019
Issue 1379, (1 -7 February 2018)

Ahram Weekly


Egyptian-Sudanese meeting

The possible breakthrough in the issue of the Renaissance Dam in the wake of holding the tripartite meeting in Ethiopia was hailed by the press this week.

The headline of the daily Al-Ahram read ‘an Egyptian-Ethiopian-Sudanese summit: it presents solutions to all pending issues’, the opposition daily Al-Wafd stated ‘the frankness summit, an agreement on a unified vision on the Renaissance Dam’, the daily Al-Akhbar quoted the president saying ‘be assured’ and the daily Al-Youm Al-Sabei read ‘the president settled the dam file with Al-Bashir and Desalegn and emphasised that people should be assured’.

Mohamed Barakat wrote that President Al-Sisi optimistic words were reassuring that there is an agreement between the three leaders and that they managed to uproot all differences among them.

“In the political world, there is a great importance to the diplomacy of meeting and direct talks on the summit level. That diplomacy can positively contribute to removing all differences and set the basis for building mutual trust and understanding. And that was clearly shown during the tripartite meeting in Addis Ababa,” Barakat wrote in the daily Al-Akhbar.

This week saw major developments with regards to the presidential elections.

Salah Montasser wrote in Al-Ahram that if the presidential election is going to be a one-candidate election, it is a well-deserved confidence in Al-Sisi because of the long list of achievement that he did.

However, Montasser questioned the next step: should we save the money and refrain from doing the elections that have predictable results or do the elections to prove that the people enthusiasm has never waned.

The first option presents the viewpoint of those who believe that Al-Sisi victory is out of question. Thus, it is better to save the money that will be spent on the elections. However if we go for the other route, Al-Sisi is required to gain the support of at least 5 percent of the votes, according to the constitution. However, the only challenge before that route is that the voters are likely to lose their enthusiasm because of the absence of competition in the election.

Tarek Hassan pointed to few remarks; first, given that the opponents as well as the supporters agree that Al-Sisi will win; this should have encouraged us to organize an exemplary election that satisfies everyone. So, what prompted us to take measures that raise controversy and difference, he questioned in the daily Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Hassan also noted that political parties, generally speaking, are designed to compete, run in elections and rule if they win. But in Egypt, they are not only weak but also they refrain from competing for a place in the government or the presidential elections.

“In addition, the supporters as well as the opponents are certain that Al-Sisi will win. Thus, there is no point in calling for boycotting the elections or threatening to organize street marches,” he summed up.

Bad weather

Bad weather

“My husband is one of those who were frozen from the cold weather –chatting on Facebook.”

By Mohamed Abdel Latif, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

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