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CAIRO, July 16, 2018 (MENA) - Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli convened on Monday with the cabinet's political liaison and follow-up office within the framework of following up the steps taken so far to implement the governmental programme presented to parliament.

The meeting tackled means of removing any obstacles hampering the government programme.

During the meeting, the premier said he hates bureaucracy, and underlined the key role of the office in following up the implementation of the governmental programme.

He stressed the importance of benefiting from youths' capabilities, especially those who attended the Presidential Leadership Programme.

BAGHDAD, July 14, 2018 (MENA) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi chaired an urgent meeting of the National Security Council, which was convened to discuss protests that spread in a number of southern provinces against the deterioration of government services.

In a statement broadcast by Alsumaria news channel on Saturday, the council said security forces will take all deterrent measures against those who try to make use of peaceful demonstrations in vandalism.

Protecting citizens and state property is the duty of security forces, who have made sacrifices to liberate the Iraqi lands from elements of Daesh terrorist organization, read the statement.

BAGHDAD, July 13, 2018 (MENA) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi on Friday held a meeting with security and military leaderships at Basra Operations Command and reviewed a detailed report on security conditions in the province, amid recent protests that have been staged in it.

Abadi arrived in Basra province, coming from Brussels, where he attended a meeting held by the Global Coalition Against Daesh terrorist group, Alsumaria News channel reported on Friday, quoting a statement by the Media Office of the Iraqi Prime Minister as saying.

Several demonstrations have been staged in various areas of Basra province over the past few days, to protest against the degradation of public services.

A young man was killed and three others were injured during one of these protests in Basra, a move that triggered public anger. The Iraqi government launched a probe into the incident.

CAIRO, July 11, 2018 (MENA) - Prime Minister and Housing Minister Moustafa Madbouli said several ministerial decisions were issued over the past three weeks to approve designs of seven new projects in the New Administrative Capital, some 50 km east of the capital Cairo.

The new projects covering 1,057 feddans, will be set up in the first stage of the New Administrative Capital, Madbouli said in a statement by the Housing Ministry on Wednesday.

The new projects will provide more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs and will push forward the development process in the new capital, he added.

Meanwhile, dealing with development projects in October 6 City, Prime Minister Madbouli pointed out that total investments spent by the city council on development projects in 2017/2018 fiscal year hit LE 6.9 billion.

The initial plan in this regard stood at LE 5.7 billion, he said, adding that this means that investments surpassed the planned funding by LE 1.2 billion pounds.

These investments are channeled to projects in the sectors of sanitary drainage, water, roads, electricity, low-cost housing and telecommunication, he added. 

CAIRO, July 9, 2018 (MENA) - Egyptian Prime Minister and Housing Minister Moustafa Madbouli attended on Monday the signing ceremony of two cooperation protocols between Cairo governorate and the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA).

The first deal aims at upgrading the unsafe area of El Mawardi in Cairo's El-Sayeda Zainab district that stretches over an area of 3.35 feddans, Deputy Housing Minister Essam el-Gazzar said in a statement.

While the second agreement is related to transferring the ownership of a 5.5-feddan area in Maspero Triangle area to the NUCA to build housing units for occupants who want to stay in this area after its development, he added.

The protocols were signed by Cairo Governor Atef Abdel Hamid and Deputy Chairman of the NUCA Mazen Hassan, in presence of  Essam el Gazzar and other housing officials.

LJUBLJANA, July 3, 2018 (News Wires) - Slovenian President Borut Pahor will on Friday renew talks with parliamentary parties to find a candidate for prime minister who can win a majority after an initial effort proved unsuccessful.

Any new government must start privatisation of Slovenia's largest bank, Nova Ljubljanska Banka, as the country said in 2013 it would sell the bank as a condition of the European Commission's approval of state aid to it.

Pahor is expected to nominate a candidate early next week who will then have seven days to win parliamentary confirmation.

Slovenia held a general election a month ago but the centre-right Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) of former two-time prime minister Janez Jansa, which won most seats, lacks potential coalition partners.

"If no candidate would get clear support in continuation of talks with heads of parliamentary parties ... President Pahor will nominate ... Jansa," Pahor's office said in a statement. SDS holds 25 of 90 seats and needs to team up with at least two parties for a majority.

So far only the conservative New Slovenia party and the nationalist Slovenian Nationalist Party say they would support Jansa while other parties reject the prospect of coalition with the anti-immigrant SDS.

The two parties hold 11 seats which would leave Jansa with 36 seats and still 10 short of parliamentary majority.

The second largest party, the centre-left List of Marjan Sarec (LMS), which has 13 seats in parliament, hopes to wrap up by Friday talks with NSI and four other centre-left parties - the Social Democrats, the Party of Modern Centre, the Party of Alenka Bratusek and pensioners' party Desus.

The six parties hold 50 seats but LMS head Marjan Sarec was unable to say whether the coalition could be formed by Friday. "We are working on it," he told reporters on Tuesday.

Analysts said the chances of Sarec forming a coalition by Friday are small so Jansa will most probably be nominated even if he lacks support for a majority.

"Even early elections cannot be excluded," Tanja Staric, a political analyst on Radio Slovenia, told Reuters.

If the nominated candidate would not get majority support in parliament, the president and parliamentary members would have to name the same or other candidates within 14 days.

Parliament must in the autumn elect a new central bank governor who will sit on the European Central Bank's governing board after the former governor resigned in April to take a position on the EU's Single Resolution Board.


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