Citizens in several Egyptian governorates have launched fundraising campaigns seeking an alternative to US aid. The move follows a recent call by prominent Salafi preacher Mohamed Hassan and other public figures for citizens to raise money to counter US aid.
In Assiut, employees at the governorate’s office donated three days' salary. One participant said the donations are part of Governor Al-Sayyed al-Boraie’s initiative to “respond to American threats to cut off annual financial aid to Egypt."
Boraie thanked his employees and called for extending the campaign to all public and private institutions.
In Minya, local council heads have donated a week’s salary and workers also made donations to support Egypt’s general budget. They announced that the money will be sent to Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri in March.
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