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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

El Sisi’s speech at the UNGA reigns supreme on the airwaves

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s speech at the UN General Assembly was the talk of the town last night as pundits scrambled to analyze the president’s remarks.

Domestic politics has played less in El Sisi’s speeches at the UNGA as conditions have improved with passing years, State Information Services head Diaa Rashwan said on Masaa DMC. The situation in Palestine and African issues, meanwhile, are gaining more prominence. Former assistant foreign minister Gamal Bayoumi and Ahram Center researcher Atef Al Saadawy also gave their two cents on yesterday’s address (watch, runtime: 3:54 and runtime: 7:08). Egypt’s stability today has given us the space to look outward and dedicate more time to regional issues, former assistant foreign minister Ali Hefny said, echoing Rashwan’s thoughts (watch, runtime: 3:29).

The speech was “balanced” and appropriately reflected Egypt’s stance on several important issues, political science professor Tarek Fahmy said on Yahduth fi Masr (watch, runtime: 3:59). Political science professor Noha Bakr also had a chat with Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim about various speeches delivered at the assembly yesterday (watch, runtime: 13:31).

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly met yesterday with lawmakers ahead of the House of Representatives reconvenes for its fall legislative season next week. The PM talked with MPs about economic reforms and various constituencies’ demands, according to House deputy head Al Sayed Mahmoud El Sherif (watch, runtime: 3:16). Madbouly also told MPs that his government is planning to announce in a few weeks several incentives for industrial sectors, according to Amwal Al Ghad. The prime minister did not provide further details.

Separately, Madbouly is set to inaugurate projects in Qena and Sohag today and tomorrow, Hona Al Asema’s field reporter said (watch, runtime: 8:06). House Rep. Mostafa Salem has his fingers crossed that Madbouly’s visit to Sohag will nudge along projects that will create jobs for the governorate’s citizens (watch, runtime: 5:05).

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