Egypt’s talk shows on Saturday, 8 February 2020
Egypt’s role in Africa is back on the radar as President Abdel Fattah El Sisi is in Addis Ababa for the African Union (AU) summit. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal, among others, took note of El Sisi’s arrival in the Ethiopian capital, where he is expected to hand over the AU’s chairmanship to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (watch, runtime: 2:21). We recap in What We’re Tracking Today, above.
Egypt was voted to sit on the AU Peace and Security Council by an “overwhelming” majority, reports Assal (watch, runtime: 2:15). We will remain on the 15-member council through to 2022. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Hafez tweeted the news on Friday.
Our role in Africa will remain intact even after handing over the AU presidency, AU commissioner for infrastructure and energy Amany Abou Zeid told Assal in a phone-in (watch, runtime: 9:09). The AU is set up in such a way that any preceding chair is required to continue working alongside the current one, Abou Zeid added.
We have still managed to keep the coronavirus at bay: Meanwhile on El Hekaya, Amr Adib phoned Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed, who confirmed that Egypt does not have any coronavirus infections, and said the government “doesn’t have the luxury to hide” as they send a daily report over to the World Health Organization (watch, runtime: 4:37).