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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Last night’s talk shows on 17 October 2018

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s visit to Moscow dominated the airwaves last night. We have chapter and verse in this morning’s Speed Round, below. In other news:

Egypt qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations following a 2-0 win against Swaziland yesterday and a favorable result for Tunisia against Niger, sports critic Ihab El Khatib told Hona Al Asema. El Khatib hailed new team manager Javier Aguirre. The national team’s win comes despite Mo Salah’s absence from the roster following a minor injury during an earlier match. The pharaohs earned their first point from a header by Ahmed Hegazy and doubled their lead with Marwan Mohsen’s goal in the second half (watch, runtime: 6:57)

Spotlight on industrial development: In the absence of any detail as to the substance of the Trade Ministry’s new industrial development strategy, Egyptian Federation of Industries boss Tarek Tawfik flew the flag for manufacturers as he discussed bureaucracy and the parallel economy with Masaa DMC’s Osama Kamal (watch, runtime: 8:32 and runtime: 6:12).

** #7 – Class warfare: It’s easy to hate tuktuks when you’re not forced to rely on them to get to work, the doctor’s office, etc: The three-wheeled menaces (which dislike almost as much as the otherwise very smart talkshow host who famously described them as “cockroaches” a few years back) are once again in the spotlight. Sharqiyah Governor Mamdouh Ghorab told Hona Al Asema estimates that he has more than 14,500 of the three-wheeled vehicles plying his streets and explained that unlicensed tuktuks are again being impounded and their owners slapped with EGP 1,000 fines (watch, runtime: 6:17). A top aide to the minister of local development also made an appearance to discuss efforts to figure out how many tuktuks are operating nationally. Daqahliyah is apparently home to the largest number of licensed vehicles (watch, runtime: 6:07). Reality check, friends: They’re a natural outgrowth of the lack of transport infrastructure serving low-income earners, particularly those living in shantytowns and other informal and / or peri-urban areas.

More than 450 terrorists have been killed since a large-scale counter-terrorism offensive got underway earlier this year, Masaa DMC’s Kamal said, citing an armed forces statement. Kamal believes that the terrorist insurgency is losing steam in North Sinai (watch, runtime: 1:11).

Universal healthcare: Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly visited Port Said to tour hospitals that will provide services under the Universal Healthcare Act, House deputy spokesman Wahdan Soliman told Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 5:09).

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