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Thursday, 28 November 2019

Last night’s talk shows for Thursday, 28 November 2019

Yesterday’s appointment of 16 governors and 23 deputies dominated the airwaves. Four of the 16 governors were transferred to new governorates, while 12 were new appointments. We have the story in this morning’s Speed Round, below. Al Watan also has the story.

Most talk shows devoted lengthy segments to the story. All 23 deputy governors are young hires, seven of whom are women, Al Hayah Al Youm’s Khaled Abu Bakr said (watch, runtime: 5:08), noting that some had previously taken part in Presidential Leadership Programs geared toward the youth, and have diverse backgrounds. Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan narrated the story largely along the same lines (watch, runtime: 9:32).

Interviews and phone-ins with the new deputies were the order of the night. All the talk shows provided a platform for various deputy governors to introduce themselves to the nation and declare their ambitions while in office. Giza deputy governor Ibrahim Nagy told Ramy Radwan that his priority is to work on improving government services (watch, runtime: 5:03), while South Sinai deputy Enas Hafez said her aim is to improve Egypt’s Human Development Index in an interview with Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer (watch, runtime: 3:19). Meanwhile, Alexandria’s new deputy governor, Jakleen Azer, phoned in to TeN TV (watch, runtime: 5:12).

A “very big” cabinet reshuffle: “The cabinet reshuffle will be very big, contrary to what’s being propagated [in the media],” Bakryman (whose alter alter ego is MP Moustafa Bakry) said in a phone call on TeN TV (watch, runtime: 2:55). “A lot of what’s being published in the media about the shuffle isn’t accurate enough,” he added. Although Bakry didn’t provide a figure, parliamentary sources spoken to by Sherif Amer — including Deputy Speaker Soliman Wahdan — said to expect between eight and 10 changes (watch, runtime: 3:27).

Diversity in the cabinet: Politician Moustafa El Feki told Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer that the expected cabinet shuffle should preserve, if not increase, the current level of female representation in government (watch, runtime: 1:35). Women, El Feki says, are less prone to “financial and managerial” corruption than men. El Feki also sees more room for Coptic Christian ministers around the cabinet table. Bakry, meanwhile, hinted that we could be seeing more younger faces around the cabinet table after the shuffle.

Also getting some airtime: A death sentence handed to terrorist Hisham Ashmawy by a military court for attempted murder and terrorism featured on Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 9:20), Masaa DMC (runtime: 6:51), and Yahduth Fi Misr (watch, runtime). The story got plenty of digital ink in foreign news outlets this morning: We have the latest in Egypt in the News, below.

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