2 July 2012

Egypt: Morsi Decided 15 Percent Social Increment for State Civil Servants, Pensioners

At his first meeting on 1/7/2012 after his inauguration as president of the republic, President Mohamed Morsi has decided to increase social increment for the state civil servants and pensioners to 15%.

He also decided to increase the social solidarity pension from EGP200 to EGP300. This increase will be cashed with July salaries. More than 1.5 million citizens will benefit from the social solidarity pension.

The presidential decree came within the framework of his efforts to alleviate burdens on citizens, to achieve justice and to mitigate poverty.

President Morsi also decided to set up a committee of the military judiciary, the Public Prosecutor and the Ministry of Interior to probe the cases of citizens who were held and detained in connection with the post revolution incidents. Under this move, all those who would be proved to have committed no crime would be released. This came in a statement by Dr. Yasser Ali, the acting spokesman for the presidency.

Moreover, President Morsi yesterday held a meeting with the cabinet in presence of Prime Minister Dr. Kamal el Ganzouri. During the meeting, a number of reports on security and economic topics were probed.

During the meeting, the president said existing government will continue its assignment until a new one is appointed. He called on cabinet members to exert utmost efforts to serve the interests of citizens.

Dr. Ali said there is no specific time framework for the continuation of the current government adding the formation of the new government will not take a long time. He said specifications of the new government have been set adding work is underway to select its members. He said in this context, no contacts were made with any national figures, adding there will be no quotas in the new government.

The acting presidential spokesman said president Morsi's meeting with the cabinet dealt with the issues of supply, Nile water together with topics of security, stability, traffic, fuel, garbage and public health. He said these topics were discussed in elaboration, adding all have stressed the need to work sincerely for reaching solutions that could satisfy Egyptian citizens and their aspirations. He said the president stressed the need for more efforts by the Ministry of Interior and the Army to maintain stability of the homeland.

Acting presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said Sunday Egypt is exerting every diplomatic effort to reach a solution that satisfies the Syrian people.

Ali said Egyptian diplomatic efforts will be mobilized to resolve this case and realize the will of the Syrian people.

Morsi further asserted in his address on Saturday 30/6/2012 that Egypt would not accept to interfere in other countries' affairs and it reject attempts by any country to meddle in the Egyptian affairs, Ali reiterated.

Morsi also expressed support for the Syrian people and called for an end to the bloodshed there, Ali noted.

About the condition in Sinai, Morsi has given directives to intensify security in Sinai and in nationwide.

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