Sisi cancels daylight saving time in Egypt

Ahram Online , Friday 24 Apr 2015

Public polls show that moving the clocks forward during summer is unpopular

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo:AP)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decision to officially abandon summer daylight saving time, which has for years seen clocks put forward one hour in the summer, his office said Thursday.

The decision came three days after the cabinet approved scrapping the system this year, following a public poll that showed a majority did not support applying daylight saving time in Egypt.

“The decision was made in response to the majority of citizens who have been polled in this regard,” presidential spokesman Alaa Youssef said, as quoted by state news agency MENA.

First implemented in Egypt in 1988, daylight saving time was introduced as a power-saving measure prolonging daylight hours.

It was abolished in April 2011 after the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, with the government saying at the time the practice was ineffective in curbing power usage after polling the public.

Moving clocks forward each summer was revived in May 2014 in order to ease rolling power blackouts.

In the summer of that year, Egypt changed the clock four times, first applying daylight saving time, and then suspending it during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to shorten the daily dawn-to-dusk fast.

Egypt is normally two hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) — meaning it was three hours ahead when daylight saving time was applied.

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