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Monday, 24 December 2018

A mixed bag of nuts on the airwaves

No single topic drove the conversation on last night’s talk shows, leaving the talking heads to poke around a variety of stories and issues.

Egypt expects to sign the final agreement for the high-speed electric train that will link Cairo to the new administrative capital with the Chinese company that will construct the railway soon, Transport Minister Hisham Arafat told El Hekaya’s Amr Adib. The ministry is still working on locking down the necessary funding for the project, Arafat said (watch, runtime: 13:28).

MP threatens gov’t with vote of no confidence if ministers keep ignoring parliament: House Deputy Speaker Soliman Wahdan phoned in to Al Hayah Al Youm to whine about ministers failing to attend parliamentary sessions where their presence has been requested, saying that the House of Representatives has the right to withdraw its confidence in the government if this practice persists (watch, runtime: 11:17). If only Wahdan were equally disdainful of MPs missing sessions…

The Agriculture Ministry is planning to ramp up the cultivation of potato seeds to avoid being forced to import them at a higher cost, and thus keeping market prices in check next year, ministry spokesman Hamed Abdel Dayem said on Hona Al Asema. Cotton cultivation should also increase next year to better meet demand, he said (watch, runtime: 06:54).

The Electricity Ministry will announce the new breakdown of electricity prices two months ahead of the next increase in July, spokesman Ayman Hamza said on Masaa DMC, reaffirming that there are no scheduled price increases before then (watch, runtime: 07:02)

The Port Said governorate has cleared all of its illegally constructed slum areas and has provided alternative housing to these area’s residents, Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim noted (watch, runtime: 03:21).

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