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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Shorter work week proposal scraped; law to regulate poultry industry, arrest of Egyptian militant still getting airtime

The airwaves offered up a mixed bag of nuts last night, with topics ranging from a rejected proposal for a shorter work week for state employees, a law regulating the poultry industry, and the arrest of an Egyptian militant in Libya.

The Madbouly Cabinet has officially nixed a proposal to shorten state bureaucrats’ work week to four days. Most government ministries and agencies were against the proposal, which would have been difficult to implement, cabinet spokesperson Nader Saad told Hona Al Asema (watch, runtime: 8:36). The committee that had been studying the measure is still considering other options for streamlining public work, none of which will be considered until ministries begin moving to the new capital next year, Saad told Yahduth fi Masr, providing no further details or a timeline for the move (watch, runtime: 7:53). Meanwhile, House rep, Abdel Fattah Mohamed told Masaa DMC some administrative offices need to increase their working hours rather than cut them (watch, runtime: 4:43).

The Agriculture Ministry will begin enforcing a law regulating the poultry trade, Deputy Agriculture Minister Mona Mehrez told Hona Al Asema. The law, which has been around for some nine years now, addresses everything to do with the trade, including the associated environmental and health concerns (watch, runtime: 7:48). The head of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce’s poultry division, Abdel Aziz El Sayed, showed strong support for the legislation, noting that Egypt is among the few countries in the world that still allow trading in live poultry and still report cases of bird flu (watch, runtime: 6:30).

The arrest of special forces officer-turned-terrorist Hisham El Ashmawy still had the talking heads buzzing yesterday. Ashmawy, who was captured in Derna, is currently being held by Libyan authorities and will be questioned before he is extradited to Egypt, according to Masaa DMC’s Osama Kamal, who said that the ex-army officer is responsible for the deaths of 135 members of Egyptian security forces (watch, runtime: 5:57). Hona Al Asema also had the story (watch, runtime: 1:53).

Saudi journalist Gamal Khashoggi’s disappearance also got some air time last night, with Masaa DMC’s Osama Kamal likening the case to that of Italian grad student Giulio Regeni, whose murder in Cairo was blamed on Egyptian security forces (watch, runtime: 5:21). Kamal also had a conversation with House rep. Amr Sedky about developments to tourism infrastructure (watch, runtime: 8:45).

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