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 1.     Egypt’s Sisi wins presidential election. (Reuters)

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt’s first freely elected leader, took more than 90% of the vote in a presidential election, provisional results showed on Thursday, as he joined a long line of leaders drawn from the military.

But a lower-than-expected turnout figure raised questions about the credibility of a man idolized by his supporters as a hero who can deliver political and economic stability.

Sisi won 93.3% of votes cast, judicial sources said, as counting neared its conclusion after three days of voting. His only rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, gained 3% while 3.7% of votes were declared void.

Turnout was 44.4% of Egypt’s 54 million voters, judicial sources said, less than the 40 million votes, or 80% of the electorate, that Sisi had called for last week and also less than the 52% turnout Mursi won in 2012.



2.     Fahmy remarks on international election observation reports. (Middle East News Agency)

Interim Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said reports of international missions that monitored the elections should focus on “the electoral process itself, not on other political issues, unrelated to the elections”.

Fahmy said: “At the time that regional and international observation missions witnessed the electoral process with integrity and transparency, we welcome and receive with all trust any observation that is constructive and objective,” a foreign ministry statement said.

Fahmy said this in a meeting Tuesday with European Union (EU) Ambassadors including EU Ambassador to Egypt James Moran, Greek Ambassador Christodoulos Lazaris as well as heads of missions of EU member state embassies.



3.     UNIDO to provide studies for clean coal usage in Egypt. (News Now)

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) is considering providing the technical assistance to Egypt’s government regarding clean coal usage, UNIDO’s knowledge management officer in Egypt Ahmed Nabil Fahmy stated on Monday.

In coordination with the Ministry of Industry, Foreign Trade and Investment, UNIDO will conduct the needed research to ensure coal is used in a manner which complies with environmental standards, Fahmy said, noting that an agreement between UNIDO and the ministry is expected to be signed by the end of 2014.

Fahmy made these statements during a Monday press conference to highlight UNIDO’s current and future projects in Egypt.

Despite the opposition of the Ministry of Environment, the interim government approved in April the use of coal in the industrial sector to address the energy shortage, pending the endorsement of the Environmental Impact Assessment, which is under the Ministry of Environmental Affairs.

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