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Monday, 23 January 2017

What we’re tracking this week

Could the House of Representatives finalize the cabinet shuffle this week? If the cabinet shuffle were a high school gossip column, Al Shorouk would be running it. Its army of anonymous sources (which today claim to come from the cabinet) tell it that the list of candidates for the shuffle is with Parliament, which will decide on the appointments as early as this week. While state-owned Al Ahram is claiming there is a chance that the shuffle will include an economic minister, the wisdom (or lack thereof) of giving the House such a large say in determining the next lineup would lead us to preclude that likelihood. Al Ahram is saying eight ministers will be replaced, including: Education, health, civil aviation, tourism, culture, manpower, and antiquities. Get your seasoning ready.

As we gear up to take Wednesday and Thursday off, we’re happy to hear that warm weather is expected in Cairo throughout the week, with highs reaching up to the mid-twenties from Tuesday onwards. One thing to look at starting from Thursday is bibliophiles’ favorite event of the year: The annual Cairo International Book Fair, which takes place at the state fairgrounds in Nasr City.

Egypt’s national football team faces Ghana at 9 pm on Wednesday in the Africa Cup of Nations. We jumped the gun yesterday when we said Abdallah El Said’s goal secured qualification to the knockout stages, which still depends on the results of the final day of group-stage matches. Forgive the enthusiasm. On a related note, CAF officials have accused Egypt of violating broadcast rights, a move which may risk Egypt being kicked out of the tournament and banned for two years from CAF events. The CAF apparently will only make do with a lawsuit, according to Al Mal.

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