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Sunday, 6 January 2019

Inauguration of new administrative capital’s mosque, church is in the limelight on the airwaves

**#5 Wait? What? There’s a potential for a US military aid cut? By far the most important piece of news from the talking heads over the weekend is Amr Adib lending credence to sparsely reported news that US House of Representatives Democrats are pushing for a spending cut on Egypt’s military aid as a result of human rights concerns. The story appears to not be covered in major foreign publications beyond Al Monitor, which cites documents that neither confirm or deny that the cut is a reality. Nonetheless, Adib bellowed that the US should keep its nose out of Egypt’s business and take back all of its aid, saying that other allies such as Russia, China, and Germany would rush to take Washington’s place (watch, runtime 02:57).

Apart from that short dive into the story, the expected inauguration of the Middle East’s biggest mosque and church in the new administrative capital today dominated the airwaves.

Preparations are underway for President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to officially inaugurate the houses of worship, and Pope Tawadros II is scheduled to deliver a speech at the mosque, Father Sergius Sergius said on Hona Al Asema (watch, runtime: 3:30). Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary also had a chat about the preparations with the new administrative capital spokesman Khaled El Husseiny (watch, runtime 5:40).

The Manpower Ministry has recently established a committee to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality in the workplace, and is mandated with setting policies to address the overarching issues that result in gender disparity, Minister Mohamed Saafan said on Hona Al Asema. Head of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights Nihad Abu Komsan also discussed the committee with host Lama Gebril (watch, runtime: 10:00).

Deputy Social Solidarity Minister Nevine El Kabbag discussed the “Decent Life” initiative President Abdel Fattah El Sisi launched last week with Hona Al Asema’s Lama Gebril (watch, runtime: 03:11).

Al Wafd Party’s Hani Sarie El Din talked about the party’s centennial and the state of political parties in Egypt with El Hekaya’s Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 02:30).

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