Failed suicide bombing, developments in bishop’s murder case dominate talk shows
The vast majority of talking heads discussed yesterday’s failed suicide bombing (the full details on which are in Speed Round, below).
Yesterday’s attempted attack was an “isolated incident” that is no longer representative of the overall security situation in Egypt, former Assistant Interior Minister Abdel Rehim Sayed told Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim. Sayed noted that the targeted church was probably chosen since it is part of the Holy Family Trail, meaning the attack was meant to scare tourists (watch, runtime: 9:10). Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 10:15) and Al Hayah fi Masr (watch, runtime: 0:59) also covered the story in varying degrees of detail.
Bishop Epiphanius’ murder was an inside job, defrocked monk held in custody: Prosecutors have detained expelled monk Ash’eyaa El Makary for four days pending investigations after he confessed to murdering Bishop Epiphanius at the St. Macarius monastery in Wadi El Natroun, according to Egypt Independent. Unnamed sources from the prosecutor’s office, for some reason, maintained that El Makary — who was abruptly stripped of his sacerdotal title after Epiphanius’ murder — is not connected to the murder. El Makary’s lawyer, Amir Nossif, told Masaa DMC that he recused himself from the case to avoid sharing the monk’s responsibility for the crime (watch, runtime: 4:00). The murder came after “disagreements” among the monastery’s clerics, according to journalist Mostafa Rahouma (watch, runtime: 6:18).
The talking heads also kept themselves busy discussing President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s expected inauguration of several projects in Upper Egypt, which Agriculture Minister Ezzedin Abu Steit told Hona Al Asema is proof that the government is paying close attention to Upper Egypt’s development (watch, runtime: 6:56). Of particular significance is the construction of a barrage in Assiut, which is expected to provide irrigation for farmers in five governorates in Upper Egypt, Deputy Irrigation Minister Ragab Abdel Azim said (watch, runtime: 7:31). Water resources expert Diaa El Qosi also weighed in on the project (watch, runtime: 7:31).
Cotton harvesting season kicks off: The Agriculture Ministry announced yesterday the beginning of the harvesting season for long staple cotton in Fayoum. The total area of cotton cultivation is up 50% y-o-y, Minister Ezzedin Abu Steit said (watch, runtime: 6:56). Long staple cotton from the Delta is priced at EGP 2,700 per tonne, while medium- and short-staple cotton from Upper Egypt will be purchased at EGP 2,500 per tonne, Abu Steit told Al Hayah fi Masr’s Kamal Mady(watch, runtime: 5:47).
Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary hosted a roundtable discussion on the state of Egypt’s tourism industry. The industry has come a long way over the past couple of years as several countries have been lifting their respective travel bans on Egypt, House Rep. Amr Sedky said, adding that we now need to address issues with tourists’ experiences inside the country, including harassment (watch, runtime: 9:01).