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Sunday, 7 June 2020

Egypt-sponsored Libyan ceasefire agreement leads the airwaves

The Egypt-sponsored Libyan ceasefire agreement President Abdel Fattah El Sisi unveiled yesterday was the biggest talking point on the airwaves, with El Hekaya’s Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 2:41 and runtime: 2:37) and Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary (watch, runtime: 16:31) among those taking note. We have chapter and verse on the agreement in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

The new agreement is a marked improvement from previous attempts at reaching a peaceful settlement to the conflict, largely because it lays out a political roadmap that includes presidential elections and an equitable power-sharing structure between the country’s provinces, advisor to Libya’s parliamentary speaker Abdel Hamid Safi told Al Kahera Alaan’s Lamees El Hadidi. However, Safi said he expects UN-recognized Prime Minister Fayez Al Serraj to reject the initiative, which makes international mediation that much more important to reach a resolution (watch, runtime: 8:19).

Back at home: Private healthcare providers have not stopped providing covid-19 treatment to patients, despite their reported objections to the Health Ministry’s mandatory pricing scheme, according to the Federation of Egyptian Industries’ private sector healthcare division spokesman Ahmed Nazih. Private hospitals are still admitting patients as they come in and are looking to get ministry approval to conduct PCR testing through private laboratories, rather than continuing to rely on state-owned labs, Nazih told Adib (watch, runtime: 7:12). Nazih also had a similar conversation with Masaa DMC’s El Hosary (watch, runtime: 6:16).

The CIT Ministry will begin working on the second phase of its overhaul of Egypt’s telecoms infrastructure in 2H2020 to improve internet connectivity, Minister Amr Talaat told Al Tase’a Masa’an’s Wael Ebrashy. The ministry is also working on digitizing 80 government services, Talaat said (watch, runtime: 12:24).

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