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Thursday, 2 February 2017

No new cabinet today; Supply Ministry defends price hikes; Adib celebrates well deserved victory

If you were hoping for clarity on the cabinet shuffle today, you’ll be sadly disappointed. Ismail cabinet spokesperson Ashraf Sultan told Al Hayah Al Youm’s Tamer Amin that the new lineup has not been finalized yet. “The negotiations are still ongoing and there is no final date for when the cabinet will send its list of candidates to the House of Representatives,” he said (watch, runtime: 5:46). His remarks echoed an earlier comment by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail. Unidentified sources told Al Masry Al Youm that the list of new candidates will be sent to parliament next week and will include 10 ministers, among them education, higher education, and health, in addition to two members of the cabinet economic group. No sovereign ministry will be affected, while the ministries of tourism and civil aviation will likely be merged.

Supply Minister Mohamed Ali El Sheikh took to the airwaves to defend the recent hike in prices of subsidized sugar and cooking oil. In an interview with Al Hayah Al Youm, El Sheikh pointed to the rise of sugar prices in the global market and said the ministry will help compensate by producing more sugar, as factories will receive 9.5 mn tonnes of sugarcane to produce 1.1 mn tonnes of sugar. Prices of sugarcane purchased from local farmers have also risen, he added. 97% of cooking oil in Egypt is imported, he pointed out (watch; runtime: 10:16).

If tailgating becomes a thing in Egypt, we invite Kol Youm’s Amr Adib to join. No can fill up an hour to celebrate Egypt’s sporting victories quite like him (watch, runtime: 8:29). He was joined in the festivities by TV host Medhat Shalaby (watch, runtime: 3:03). He did spare some airtime to cover the Furnex furniture exhibition — again. Head of the Egypt Expo and Convention Authority Mohamed Sami said that Furnex brought in 200 furniture makers and that 95% of the products are made in Egypt (watch; runtime: 3:43).

Lamees Al Hadidi was off last night.

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