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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Adib back on TV, metro fare hikes raising concerns, terrorist attack on London, red tape stifling growth in tourism

We’re pleased to report that Amr Adib is back on the screen and was as boisterous as ever. He took the time to thank his fans for their well wishes during his convalescence (watch, runtime: 17:42).

Adib powered through an hour-long interview with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri,who spoke about improving political conditions in Lebanon and praised Egypt’s economic reforms (watch, runtime 7:51).

Adib also covered the terrorist attack on the UK’s Houses of Parliament building in central London (more in Speed Round), speaking with Egyptian MP Anissa Hassouna who used the moment to urge the UK to officially ban the Ikhwan (watch, runtime: 2:08).

Cairo’s rapprochement with Riyadh will apparently be marked at a summit, according to Arab League boss Ahmed Aboul Gheit (watch, runtime 2:20). He told Hona Al Asema host Lamees Al Hadidi that the gathering would take place on the sidelines of the Arab League Summit taking place in Jordan today (watch, runtime 2:08). Algeria, the UAE, and Oman will not be participating.

A potential hike in Cairo Metro ticket prices was all over the airwaves last night.Cabinet Spokesperson Ashraf Sultan phoned in to Al Hayah Al Youm to tell host Tamer Amin that government is still weighing its options and has yet to make a decision on raising the metro fare (watch, runtime 5:28). Over on MBC, Yahduth fi Masr host Sherif Amer spoke to MP Mohamed Badawi El Dessouky, who has proposed ticket prices be hiked to EGP 3 (the government’s proposal is EGP 2). MP Saeed Teama said the House Transport Committee will hold more meetings to study all the viable solutions to ending the Metro Company’s financial troubles.

DMC’s Osama Kamal hosted Tourism Development Authority chief Hisham ElDemeiry, whose spoke in part about the need to cut down the red tape that been stifling the sector’s growth and development for years (watch, runtime 4:11).

A growing scandal over food poisoning from school meals was at center stage on Mehwar’s 90 Minutes. Aswan was home to 204 out of some 400 cases in the outbreak, Aswan Governor Magdy Hegazy said (watch, runtime: 15:09).

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