Thursday,14 December, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1204, (3-9 July 2014)
Thursday,14 December, 2017
Issue 1204, (3-9 July 2014)

Ahram Weekly

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Al-Ahram Weekly

New army spokesman

THE ARMED Forces appointed Brigadier-General Mohamed Samir as their new official spokesperson on Tuesday. He replaces Colonel Ahmed Mohamed Ali who was the first official spokesman of the Egyptian Army.

The announcement was made via the army’s official Facebook page.

Since his graduation in 1988 as an infantry officer, Samir has held several positions including UN military observer and military intelligence officer before. Ali, who was appointed as army spokesman two years ago, has joined the Egyptian presidency as a media adviser.


Prisoners released


TWENTY-ONE Egyptian prisoners in Saudi Arabia and 48 in the UAE were released from prison by amnesty decrees issued in the two countries on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. Another 84 prisoners detained in Kuwait were either pardoned or given a lesser term, as Ali Al-Esheiri, the Foreign Ministry Assistant for Egyptian Expats and Consulate Affairs declared on Tuesday.

Al-Esheiri said the move is in the framework of the strong relations that bind Egypt with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait and thanks to the efforts of the Egyptian missions in these countries to provide the best care to Egyptian prisoners and regularly submit to the authorities’ lists of prisoners that can be given amnesty, especially on religious occasions.


Students protest


DOZENS of Thanaweya Amma students staged a demonstration on Tuesday at the Ministry of Education to protest the difficulty of their exams. They threatened to start an open-ended sit-in if their demands were not met. The students chanted slogans and raised signs objecting to the ministry’s policy and methods of teaching. Their primary demand was to lower the minimum acceptance grade for the university admissions. They also asked the ministry to dissolve the Schools Union of Students and hold new elections.

On the other hand, they denied, through chants, that they belong to the Muslim Brotherhood. The ministry spokesman Hani Kamal met and negotiated with them and promised to pass on their demands to the minister to achieve them.

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