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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

House outrage over not being consulted in IMF agreement continues; food poisoning in Sohag

The airwaves were mostly dull yet again, as Amr Adib and Lamees Al Hadidi continue to take time off for Adib’s health reasons. Lamees posted a video(runtime: 1:37) saying Adib’s health was improving and that she will be back on the air this Saturday.

MPs want inquiry into IMF loan signing: The Ismail cabinet is getting flak once again from inmates of Egypt’s most expensive mental health facility: MP Alaa Abdel Moneim tells Yahduth fi Masr’s Sherif Amer that a number of parliamentarians believe the move was “unconstitutional.” Abdel Moneim also said the House requested that Prime Minister Sherif Ismail be present during their discussion of how the first payment of the loan is being spent. We’re not quite sold on Mr. Abdel Moneim’s bill of goods: AMAY reports that after talking the issue to death, the House Legislative Committee tabled the issue to a later date. But nice try.

Hona Al Assema aired a pre-recorded episode featuring the EG Bank-sponsored Hona Al Shabab start-up competition, which saw four competitors pitching their business ideas to potential investors and mentors (watch, runtime: 49:17).

DMC’s Osama Kamal discussed the food poisoning of 2,262 children across eight different schools in Sohag due to bad school meals. Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed naturally played down the incident, saying that 800 students were affected and all of the students have been released from hospital (watch, runtime: 5:25). Sohag Governor Ayman Abdel Moneim said the governorate has suspended distributing meals at school until an inspection is complete (watch, runtime: 7:01). We don’t what we find more shocking: An entire governorate held hostage to bad school lunches, or that over 2,000 students can fit in eight schools.

Interim Kol Youm host Ragaa El Geddawy aired a report on Denmark’s Prince Consort Henrik visiting Egypt and getting a tour of the Pyramids courtesy of — you guessed it — the ancient Egyptian deity of tour guides himself, Zahi Hawass (watch, runtime: 3:44). We hope Prince Henrik put in extra smiles and looked really interested.

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