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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Egypt leads economic growth in region, Turkey attacks Syria, Tunisia gets new president

It was a mixed bag of nuts on the airwaves last night.

Egypt is leading economic growth in the region: Al Hayah Al Youm’s Khaled highlighted an infographic on Egypt’s economic growth prepared by a government media department (watch, runtime: 02:45). The infographic also earned some airtime on Hona Al Asema with Reham Ibrahim (watch, runtime: 07:30).

Global protests erupted yesterday to condemn Turkey's aggression against Syria, Abu Bakr said (watch, runtime: 01:47). The EU has announced sanctions against Ankara (watch, runtime: 0:35), Ibrahim reported, pointing also to Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri’s backing for the Syrian people (watch, runtime: 01:28).

El-Sisi urges anti-corruption watchdog to make its work public: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi followed up yesterday on progress on the Administrative Control Authority’s anti-corruption strategy, Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary reported (watch, runtime: 0:58). The president urged the authority to make its findings public.

A coalition of youth politicians and parties held their second meeting at the Tagamoa Party headquarters yesterday, focusing on topics that included democracy and women’s role in politics. El Hosary (watch, runtime: 01:43) and Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim (watch, runtime: 0:59) had the story.

What Mohamed Ghoneim would tell the president: Amr Adib had a lengthy segment in which urologist-turned-public intellectual Mohamed Ghoneim discussed what he would say to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi if he were to meet the president (watch, runtime: 9:32). Ghoneim rose to prominence after establishing a world-class urology and nephrology center in Mansoura and was a member of the constitutional committee. Ghoneim urged the government to consider revenues when taxing manufacturers and exporters. He also urged the government to pay attention to agriculture, among other things. Civil society is also important, Ghoneim told Adib, urging the government to work on reconciliation with NGOs and release wrongfully detained activists such as Hossam Mo'nes and Shadi Ghazali Harb (watch, runtime: 2:01).

Former professor Kais Saied has been elected as Tunisia’s new president, Abu Bakr noted (watch, runtime: 02:25).

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