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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Talking heads still on Trump, armored cars scandal; shakeup at the Interior Ministry; Adib looking to remodel

It was a mixed bag on last night’s talk shows. US President Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” continued to get attention from the talking heads last night. Al Hayah Al Youm host Lobna Assal spoke with former Assistant Foreign Minister and MP Mohamed El Oraby, who said Trump’s executive order is “racist and it contradicts all human rights laws” (watch; runtime: 5:17).

Backwash from previous night’s airwaves included the “scandal” of the House of Representatives appropriating EGP 18 mn to purchase three cars. According to Yahduth fi Masr’s Sherif Amer, House officials said the sum was spent from FY2015-16 budget to acquire three up-armored vehicles.

Amer also covered what appears to be a more extensive-than-usual shakeup at the Interior Ministry, saying sources at ministry told him that more than 100 mid-level police officials be reassigned, as will 11 assistant and deputy ministers. Reassignment of assistant and deputy interior ministers is traditional whenever a new interior minister is appointed, and we’re heading into a cabinet shuffle — you do the math.

Are Amr Adib and Lamees redecorating? We can think of no other reason why Amr Adib would be so thrilled to be discussing furniture last night, chatting with local manufacturers ahead of Furnex, which runs 1-5 February (watch, runtime: 51:03). Meanwhile, Egyptian ambassador to Kenya Mahmoud Talaat said he will propose holding a furniture exhibition in Nairobi to open the East African market. Trade and Industry Minister Tarek Kabil is travelling to Kenya in mid-February to attend the first meeting of the Egyptian-Kenyan Business Council, the ambassador added (watch, runtime: 2:30).

Adib’s better half was bored out of her tree last night, showcasing a report on a “Book Bike” (watch; runtime: 2:08).

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