Abdul Fattah al-Sisi
By Wael Hussein
BBC News, Cairo
By Alex de Waal
By Magdi Abdelhadi
Egypt will not issue licences to new vehicles unless they run on natural gas, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced.
The country has set a target to have a million cars to run on natural gas within a year, local media report.
The state will also help car owners to transition to using natural gas by providing a loans to buy newer cars with natural gas tanks.
President Sisi is pushing for the move to preserve the environment as well as utilise the available gas resources in the country and save on the cost of fuel by 50%, in comments attributable to him by local media.
The Daily News Egypt reported on the new directive:
A businessman turned actor's viral videos have spurred hundreds onto the street in rare protests.
Mohamed Ali is a former Egyptian military contractor calling for protests against Egypt's president.
By Joana Saba
BBC Monitoring, Cairo
Rare protests have taken place in Egypt, calling for the removal of President Abdul Fattah Sisi.