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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Adib talks pension raise, bashes Qatar on the airwaves last night

Amr Adib — whose talk show Kol Youm is the only one we follow that is sticking to a daily schedule during Ramadan — had two things on his mind last night: the new EGP 46 bn social welfare package announced by the government (which we cover in greater detail in the Speed Round); and Qatar.

On the welfare bump, which includes a 15% raise in pensions, 25-30% rise in Takaful and Karama benefits, bonuses and a slew of tax breaks, Adib hosted a debate between MP Anissa Hassouna and TV host Nahawand Serry. Hassouna praised the move, which she said was necessary for pensioners (watch, runtime 2:03), but Serry criticized it saying that it was an unnecessary waste of EGP 46 bn that will not make that great of an impact for pensioners (watch, runtime 2:10).

Adib also continued to bash Qatar, calling its military capabilities “poor” in a not-so-mature move to engage with Qatari twitter trolls (watch, runtime 19:09). Stay classy, Mr. Adib.

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