Last Night’s Talk Shows: House has slept through economic plan, Lamees plugs UberPOOL
“The government did not consult with or explain the IMF loan agreement with the House of Representatives,” said MP Silvia Nabil, member of the House Budget Committee, in an interview on TEN TV’s Masa’ Al Qahira. Committee members had to resort to trying to look up the agreement on the IMF’s website, she added. And as if plagued by early-onset Alzheimer’s, Nabil said MPs think it would have been better if the government discussed its economic reform program with it first. Nabil was clearly one of those who snoozed through the countless hours Prime Minister Sherif Ismail spent delivering the details of the economic reform program to the House on numerous occasions. Had she and other MPs been awake, maybe they would not have had to resort to cramming on the internet after waking up to find a USD 12 bn loan.
Lamees Al Hadidy dedicated a part of her episode to UberPOOL, Uber’s carpooling which allows users to share rides and split trip costs. Lamees advocated for the service to be used in Egypt in light the recent hikes in fuel prices and consequently transportation fares. We’re sure the good folks at Uber are appreciative of the plug. Lamees allotted the rest of her Monday episode honoring recently deceased screen legend Mahmoud Abdel Aziz. You can view the episode in Arabic here (runtime: 1:53:15)
Meanwhile, on Kol Youm with Amr Adib, the boisterous host spent the first part of his episode speaking about anticipated presidential pardons to political prisoners. Adib criticized the presidentially appointed committee for not releasing some of the well-known activists in prison (watch; runtime: 31:35). The next portion of his episode concerned the med shortages in Abou El Rish hospital, whose conditions have gone viral on social media. Adib spoke with former interim president Adly Mansour who urged Egyptians to donate money (watch; runtime: 4:05). Adib wrapped up the episode on a lighter note, interviewing the head of the Egyptian Football Federation Hany Abou Reda about Egypt’s prospects for qualifying for the World Cup. You can view the episode in Arabic here (runtime: 1:53:15)