Egypt’s iconic Tahrir Square to be renovated

Tahrir square was the center of the 2011 uprising that toppled the country’s long-serving autocrat Hosni Mubarak. (Reuters)
Updated 21 August 2019

Egypt’s iconic Tahrir Square to be renovated

CAIRO: Egypt’s iconic Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo is about to receive a facelift as part of a project aimed at revitalizing several locations across the country’s vast capital and building on their appeal to the tourism market.

The square was the center of the 2011 uprising that toppled the country’s long-serving autocrat Hosni Mubarak. In 2013, protesters again took to the streets around the square when they called for the ousting of former President Mohammad Mursi.    

Now Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has called for the historic site to be turned into a tourist destination.

The historic square was created in the 19th century, when it was initially named Ismailia Square. 

In 1952, a military-led revolution abolished the Egyptian monarchy and the square was renamed Tahrir Square, meaning liberation.  


French foreign minister arrives in Sudan to meet new leaders

Updated 16 min 33 sec ago

French foreign minister arrives in Sudan to meet new leaders

  • Jean-Yves Le Drian is the second top western diplomat to visit Sudan this month
  • SUNA says Le Drian will meet with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the newly appointed Sovereign Council

CAIRO: France’s foreign minister has arrived in Sudan to meet with the African country’s new leaders, weeks after the formation of the first civilian-led government since the military ousted former President Omar Al-Bashir in April.
Sudan’s state-run news agency said Jean-Yves Le Drian landed in the capital, Khartoum, on Monday. He’s the second top western diplomat to visit Sudan this month, following Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
SUNA says Le Drian will meet with Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, the head of the newly appointed Sovereign Council, as well as Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and Foreign Minister Assma Abdalla.
The visit comes two weeks after the formation of a power-sharing government by the pro-democracy movement and the generals who overthrew of Al-Bashir after months of mass protests against his rule.