Egypt's prime minister to deliver statement before parliament on deadly Cairo train crash: Parliament speaker

Gamal Essam El-Din , Sunday 3 Mar 2019

Ali Abdel-Aal said he believes the incident was a result of stark negligence

Rain Ramsis train station
People try to get in rain Ramsis train station after a train crash in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 (Photo: AP)

Egypt parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Aal revealed Saturday that Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly will deliver a statement before parliament next week on the deadly train crash that took place in Cairo's Ramses Station 27 February.

The crash, which left 22 people dead and dozens injured, forced transport minister Hesham Arafat to resign on the same day.

Abdel-Aal said: "Madbouly's statement will not be confined to the accident, but will cover the current performance of the railway authority and train traffic in Egypt."

"The prime minister should tell parliament what measures should be taken to avoid such tragic accidents in the future, and what should be done to streamline performance," said Abdel-Aal, adding that, "Although the whole accident is still a matter of investigation by prosecution authorities, it is clear it was the result of stark negligence."

Abdel-Aal's comments came after he paid a visit to the Nasser Institute Hospital where a number of those injured in the crash are receiving treatment.

An official statement said Abdel-Aal made sure that the injured receive all necessary treatments, and that "state authorities will take all possible measures to make sure that the negligence faces punishment."

Plenary sessions of Egypt parliament will be held 10 March.

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