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Egypt Cabinet convenes to discuss Port Said violence, Sinai security

Cabinet ministers meet Wednesday to discuss latest findings on Port Said football tragedy, Sinai security vacuum, ongoing Shura polls

Ahram Online, Wednesday 15 Feb 2012

The Egyptian Cabinet on Wednesday met to discuss a handful of seminal parliamentary reports, especially one concerning ongoing investigations of the 1 February Port Said football carnage that left at least 74 people dead and hundreds injured.

The cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Kamel El-Ganzouri, is also expected to discuss the role of police in restoring stability and security, particularly in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. Last week, a handful of foreign tourists were kidnapped by armed tribesmen in the restive peninsula.

Ministers at Wednesday's meeting were also expected to discuss results of second-round polling for Egypt's Shura Council (the upper, consultative chamber of parliament), which wrapped up Wednesday.

They are further expected to tackle ongoing problems regarding the licensing of four steel factories in Egypt, as well as the issue of Arab and foreign companies that had obtained Egyptian state land for the purpose of land reclamation but which used the land in question for other applications.

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