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Monday, 25 November 2019

Last night’s talk shows for Monday, 25 November 2019

Speculation about an imminent cabinet shuffle — and a suggestion that the Investment Ministry could be rolled into a Supreme Investment Council — reached fever pitch on the talk shows last night: We have the breakdown in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

Also on the airwaves: Local government elections could be pushed to 2021. Elections for municipal officers are likely to be pushed to 2021 as the names of candidates for both the Senate and House of Representatives will be at the polls next year, MP Salah Hasaballah said on Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 3:04). Political pundit Abdel Moneim Said told Al Kahera Alaan’s Lamees El Hadidi last week that effective government reform in the country should start with devolving more power to the traditionally limited and underutilized local government.

Other topics from last night’s talk shows:

  • Planning Ministry out with report on administrative reform plan: The Planning Ministry released a report outlining a plan to digitize government offices, reports Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary (watch, runtime: 4:52).
  • Nubians disapprove of Sawiris hotel project in Aswan’s Amun, Klada islands: A planned project by Samih Sawiris-led Orascom Development Egypt and state-owned General Company for Tourism and Hotels (EGOTH) to build an opulent hotel on the Amun and Klada islands in Aswan has been on hold for nearly 10 years amid conflict with the locals, the b’naire tells El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 7:43).
  • CBE to begin collecting mortgage payments electronically: The Central Bank of Egypt will start collecting installments for subsidized home loans taken out as part of its mortgage financing program electronically, says Hona Al Asema’s Reham Ibrahim (watch, runtime: 5:36).

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