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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Last night’s talk shows for Wednesday, 26 February 2020

The death of former President Hosni Mubarak dominated both broadcast and print media, with the talking heads collectively celebrating the ousted leader as a war hero. Among those taking note: Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 2:25), Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan (watch, runtime: 7:09), Min Masr’s Amr Khalil and Riham Ibrahim (watch, runtime: 4:06), and Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer (watch, runtime: 8:04). Amer spoke to political pundit Abdel Moneim Said for analysis of the final years in power that led to the 2011 ouster and Khalil dedicated a significant segment to recap Mubarak’s professional history (watch, runtime: 20:19). We have chapter and verse in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

Commentary on covid-19: If China resumes its exports to the world, the extent of the outbreak’s effect on the global economy would significantly ease, Egyptian-Chinese Business Council deputy head Mostafa Ibrahim said on Min Masr (watch, runtime: 3:09). Importers can look for alternatives, but they are unlikely to be as cost effective and in line with Chinese specifications, Ibrahim says.

China exports 70% of global industrial needs, and as a result of factories shutting down in the Asian country, investors are selling manufacturing stocks and turning to gold as a safe haven asset, deputy head of the Federation of Egyptian Industries’ gold division separately told Khalil (watch, runtime: 28:24).

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