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Monday, 5 November 2018

Continued coverage of the WYF; trying to regulate tuk tuks in Egypt

The talking heads picked up where they left off with their coverage of the World Youth Forum in Sharm El Sheikh, with many of them paying close attention to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s speech during yesterday’s session.

The fact that El Sisi did not refer to the 2011 uprising as a conspiracy particularly impressed Hona Al Asema’s Dina Zahra, who noted that the president said that the uprising had a detrimental effect on the country (watch, runtime: 33:35).

El Hekaya’s Amr Adib lauded the president for being “clear” while also indirectly relaying a message to the general populace warning them against attempting to revolt (watch, runtime: 5:52). Adib also railed against opposition groups looking to bring about a change in leadership through elections, saying that they are chronically ill-prepared and are not likely to find a reasonable candidate to field in the 2022 presidential election. The host’s rant was apparently brought on by tweets from Mohamed El Baradei and Ayman Nour calling on the country’s opposition to put up a united front (watch, runtime: 7:32).

The terrorist attack in Minya last weekend received passing mention from Al Hayah Al Youm’s Khaled Abu Bakr, who framed it as an attempt to scandalize Egypt before the World Youth Forum (watch, runtime: 1:35).

Tuk tuk-induced chaos costs the country EGP 7-11 bn per annum, Local Development Minister Mahmoud Shaarawy said yesterday. A visibly distressed Amr Adib discussed the figure with Rep. Ahmed El Segini, who said he is working with the authorities to prepare various proposals to regulate tuk tuks, seeing as abolishing them at this point is a tad unrealistic (watch, runtime: 6:59).

A Housing Ministry decision to grant residency to foreigners who purchase real estate worth at least USD 100k received praise from Memaar Al Morshedy founder Mohamed Al Morshedy, who said that the decision will support the real estate and tourism industries (watch, runtime: 2:39). Amr Adib was also rather enthused at the prospect of a new source of USD inflows (watch, runtime: 4:32).

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