CAIRO/LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Egypt’s wheat imports are
sharply down this year as it endures economic and political
crisis, but state and private buyers insist they still have
funds to keep the nation supplied with its staple bread.
Egyptian officials and traders acknowledge the government’s
problems with a rising budget deficit and falling currency
reserves, but say the state is allocating priority financing for
wheat imports. They are also pinning some of their hopes on an
increase in domestic production.
CAIRO (Reuters) – President Mohamed Mursi on Thursday called parliamentary elections that will begin on April 27 and finish in late June, a four-stage vote that the Islamist leader hopes will conclude Egypt’s turbulent transition to democracy.
The vote will take place in a country deeply divided between Islamist parties that have come out on top in all elections held since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011 and more secular-minded opposition parties that have struggled to get organised.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi will call a parliamentary election starting April 28, a presidential legal adviser told Reuters on Thursday, saying the vote would be held in four stages.
Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood backers hope the election will mark an end to a turbulent political transition punctuated by spasms of violence that have thwarted his efforts to revive an economy in deep crisis.
CAIRO, Feb 20 (Reuters) – One of the most powerful figures
on the global wheat market, Nomani Nomani, said on Wednesday he
has left his job as vice chairman of Egypt’s state grains buyer
GASC, at a time when the country is struggling with falling
foreign currency reserves.
For more than three years he has overseen strategic buying
for the world’s biggest importer of wheat, encompassing Egypt’s
2011 revolution and the periods of political and economic
uncertainty since the fall of president Hosni Mubarak.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt will not tolerate a two-way flow of smuggled arms with the Gaza Strip that is destabilizing its Sinai peninsula, a senior aide to its Islamist president said, explaining why Egyptian forces flooded sub-border tunnels last week.
The network of tunnels has been a lifeline for some 1.7 million Palestinians in Gaza, bringing in an estimated 30 percent of all goods that reach the enclave and circumventing a blockade imposed by Israel for more than seven years.
CAIRO, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Fathy Ali is beyond anger as he
queues for hours in a line of 64 trucks and buses to fill his
tank with scarce subsidised diesel fuel, known in Egypt as
“This has become part of my life. I come and wait for hours
or days, depending on my luck,” the chain-smoking bus driver
said at a besieged gas station on Cairo’s Suez High Road,
wrapped in a scarf and thick coat for the long ordeal. “At the
start it used to upset me a lot but now I’ve kind of given up.”
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei called on Tuesday for a national consensus to secure an urgently-needed IMF loan and save the country from economic collapse within months.
Ratings agency Moody’s cut Egypt’s credit rating on Tuesday, citing doubts about its ability to secure a requested $4.8 billion International Monetary Fund loan and the economic impact of a new round of political unrest.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s leading religious scholars spurned the ruling Muslim Brotherhood’s choice and picked an apolitical Islamic law professor on Monday to be the country’s top cleric.
The post of grand mufti of Egypt carries wide influence over legislation and social affairs.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Syria’s main opposition leader signaled on Monday that his offer of talks with the government to end the country’s 22-month-old civil war was still open, a day after a deadline he had set passed without a response.
Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib, speaking after talks with the head of the Arab League in Cairo, said President Bashar al-Assad’s government had not responded by Sunday to his initiative to discuss a transition of power.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood has nominated one of its senior leaders for the influential position of grand mufti, the nation’s top cleric, defying critics who accuse the Islamist group of seeking to dominate all institutions.
Islamic scholars chaired by the head of the ancient seat of learning, Al-Azhar, are due to pick a new mufti on Monday from a shortlist of three candidates and send their choice to President Mohamed Mursi to approve.