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Thursday, 16 July 2020

Confusion over Ethiopia’s GERD comments dominates talk shows

The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam was again topic du jour on the airwaves last night. Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan covered the Foreign Ministry’s announcement that it had reached out to Ethiopian for clarification over whether it had started filling the reservoir of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), after the Ethiopian Water and Irrigation Minister made comments to that effect but then retracted them (watch, runtime: 5:07) (watch, runtime: 2:58). Head of Alexandria Library, Mostafa El Feky, told Yahduth Fi Misr's Sherif Amer that the minister’s contradictory statements demonstrated that Ethiopia had no qualms about acting unilaterally (watch, runtime: 3:44). Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 13:04) also covered the report. We have more details in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

Prosecutor’s statement on pipeline explosion: Radwan covered the public prosecutor’s statement about Tuesday’s pipeline accident, which said the investigation is ongoing (watch, runtime: 5:30). Amer (watch, runtime: 1:55) and Moussa (watch, runtime: 12:41) also covered the statement.

Higher Education Ministry empowered to adjust to covid-19: Radwan also covered the cabinet’s approval to amend the law regulating universities to allow the Higher Education Ministry to alter or amend the teaching system over the academic year when exceptional circumstances — such as the covid-19 pandemic — arise (watch, runtime: 4:02).

Day laborers to receive 3rd stipend this month: Al Tasea Masaan’s Wael El Ibrashy spoke with Manpower Minister Mohamed Saafan, who said that they would start disbursing the third round of EGP 500 stipends to day laborers after July salaries have been paid out. He said that the first two batches came at a cost of EGP 800 mn each. Saafan added that the ministry is working on a gradual return to work for laborers soon (watch, runtime: 13:42).

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