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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Tiran and Sanafir, all anyone wants to talk about; except for Sherif Amer who paid attention that A CABINET SHUFFLE IS COMING

Tiran and Sanafir are all anyone wanted to talk about — except for Sherif Amer, who appears to have been the only talking head to have paid attention to the fact that a cabinet shuffle is coming.

We appear, as a nation, to be losing our collective mind over Tiran and Sanafir, islands few had ever spared a moment’s thought before last spring. Hona Al Assema’s Lamees El Hadidy was incensed with the government, holding it accountable for the entire debacle and even calling for heads to roll from the cabinet. “There is a mistake regarding this agreement … it might be in the documents or from the state lawyers’ side,” she said (watch: runtime: 4:06). For the rest of the episode, Lamees interviewed judicial experts who discussed the constitutionality of the agreement and potential next steps (watch: runtime: 40:29).

Debates with legal experts continued to pop-up — Whack-a-Mole style — on Kol Youm with Amr Adib and on Al Hayah Al Youm with Lobna Assal. Perhaps the most useful interview was with MP Mohamed Abu Hamed on Mehwar TV’s 90 Minutes: Abu Hamed insists that the House has the constitutional right to review the agreement (Watch: runtime: 7:10).

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