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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Talk shows still haven’t recovered from election fever

The talking heads seem to have forgotten how to discuss anything other than the presidential election, as is evidenced by the lack of any other noteworthy topics on last night’s talk shows.

MPs see the likelihood of a cabinet shuffle increasing by the day. Hona Al Asema’s Lamees Al Hadidi said there are expectations that 9-10 ministers will get the boot (watch, runtime: 1:26). House spokesman Salah Hasaballah told Lamees that several ministers (who he refused to name) have proven themselves unqualified to retain their positions.

One name Hasaballah had no problem calling out is Local Development Minister Abu Bakr El Gendy, who is currently in hot water after an exchange of words with an MP earlier this week (watch, runtime: 4:45). Deputy speaker Soliman Wahdan echoed Hasaballah, saying that at least four cabinet positions should see a shakeup and that El Gendy should be the first to go (watch, runtime: 6:25).

Speaking of flaps that have been blown out of proportion, Al Masry Al Youm has issued a formal apology for publishing a story insinuating that the state bought votes in the election, Press Syndicate head Abdel Mohsen Salama told Al Hayah Al Youm’s Tamer Amin. The syndicate is also working to mediate a resolution between the daily newspaper and the Supreme Media Council to reduce or altogether cancel the EGP 150,000 fine slapped on AMAY. Separately, Salama said that the syndicate plans to set up a EGP 20 mn training center for journalists (watch, runtime: 37:50).

The next four years under President Abdel Fattah El Sisi should see the government focus on industrial development, which is the key to creating job openings and high levels of economic growth, Holding Company for Spinning and Weaving head Ahmed Mostafa said on Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 4:09). Free Egyptians Party head Essam Khalil, meanwhile, said he hopes to see more effort exerted to develop the available labor force (watch, runtime: 6:11).

State banks have sold around EGP 520 mn-worth of the “Secure” CDs that are issued to workers to serve as life insurance policies, Labor Minister Mohamed Saafan told Amin on Al Hayah Al Youm (watch full interview on: 43:10).

On a separate note, a theatrical troupe remains in military detention over their involvement in a play seen as insulting the Armed Forces, Lamees Al Hadidi noted (watch, runtime: 5:00). The play, entitled Soliman Khater, is about a police conscript who killed seven Israeli tourists in 1985. Writer Fatma Naoot told Lamees that the Censorship Authority did not review the play before its performance and that writers and intellectuals are demanding the troupe’s release (watch, runtime: 2:32).

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