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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Legislative marathon at Egypt’s parliament features heavily on nation’s talk shows

It was another night of the Ahmed Moussa Show™, as the rest of the nation’s talk show hosts appear to still be enjoying their summer by the beach. The Ala Mas’ouleety host took note of yesterday’s legislative marathon at the House of Representatives, which we recap in this morning’s Speed Round, below.

MPs’ discussions of the Unified Tax Act with Finance Minister Mohamed Maait took up much of Moussa’s attention, particularly as there appeared to be some tension between the minister and our illustrious representatives over the potential imprisonment of tax evaders (watch, runtime: 9:06 and runtime: 6:24). Parliament granted the bill preliminary approval after voting to strike down Article 16, which would have granted powers of arrest to state employees responsible for implementing tax laws. House Speaker Ali Abdel Aal said that this article contradicts the Banking and Central Bank Act (watch, runtime: 1:58).

Public Prosecutor Hamada El Sawi issued an arrest warrant yesterday for the alleged perpetrators of the 2014 gang [redacted] of an 18-year-old woman at a prominent Cairo hotel, Moussa noted. Allegations emerged on social media several weeks ago that six men intoxicated and [redacted] the woman. The perpetrators have also been placed on airport arrival watchlists and are now banned from travel (watch, runtime: 3:46).

Other talking points yesterday included a potential reduction of railway ticket prices for passengers departing from stations in Upper Egypt (watch, runtime: 36:56) and ongoing upgrades at the Suez Canal (watch, runtime: 8:23).

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