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Sunday, 16 December 2018

El Sisi’s remarks on Egypt’s obesity rates, Cairo governor’s lack of knowledge about Cairo lead the conversation

The airwaves were abuzz last night with commentary on President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s remarks at the inauguration of several infrastructure projects over the weekend.

Of particular interest to the talking heads was El Sisi’s exchange with Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal, who was unable to answer several of the president’s inquiries about his governorate, including its budget and the scope of its infrastructure projects over the past four years. Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim and El Hekaya’s Amr Adib wagged their fingers at the governor and suggested the Local Development Ministry should look to replace him (watch, runtime: 05:19 and runtime: 08:38).

El Sisi also reiterated his concern over the prevalence of obesity in Egypt, and called for the inclusion of graded physical education classes in all schools to help ward off obesity from a young age (watch, runtime: 04:02). The Education Ministry is already looking into training staff to implement the president’s instructions, general education department head Reda Hegazy told Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary (watch, runtime: 04:10).

Egypt has officially submitted a bid to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations, which kicks off in six months, and is up against South Africa for the gig. Egyptian Football Association member Ahmed Megahed said on Hona Al Asema that Egypt meets the requirements in place to host the championship (watch, runtime: 06:30) but sports critic Lotfy Sa’an sees several shortcomings in our preparedness (watch, runtime: 05:42).

Explaining the new education system: Elsewhere on the airwaves, Education Minister Tarek Shawki and Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar explained the country’s new education system yet again to El Hekaya’s Amr Adib, and explained how it is meant to equip students for the labor force (watch, runtime: 01:39 and  runtime: 02:52).

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