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Thursday, 24 September 2020

Last Night’s Talk Shows

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s meeting with eastern Libyan leader Khalifa Haftar dominated the coverage last night. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Mohamed Sherdy phoned advisor to the Tobruk-based House of Representatives Fathi Al Marimi, who said that the meeting with Haftar and House Speaker Aguila Saleh came ahead of upcoming negotiations between the UN-recognized government in Tripoli and Haftar’s eastern forces. Top of the priority list in the upcoming talks is dismantling armed militias and expelling foreign fighters from the country, Al Marimi said. The talks are expected to lead to a political agreement, creating a unified government, a presidential council and a national Libyan army, prior to nationwide elections, he said (watch, runtime: 6:02). Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan also covered the story (watch, runtime: 4:42).

Election authority to announce parliamentary candidates Sunday: Radwan highlighted that the National Election Authority would announce on Sunday the candidates standing in upcoming parliamentary elections. Radwan noted that the deadline for submitting applications is Saturday (watch, runtime: 4:09). Sherdy, meanwhile, reviewed the final names of the Youth Parties and Politicians Coordination Committee who will be on the ballot as part of the pro-government National List for Egypt (watch, runtime: 2:33).

Attempted Tora prison break: Yahduth Fi Misr's Sherif Amer highlighted the attempted prison break by several inmates at Tora prison yesterday. Four prisoners and three members of the police service were killed during the attempt, security forces said (watch, runtime: 1:30). Radwan also covered the story (watch, runtime: 1:48).

Flood victims could be in for compensation: Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa phoned Local Development Ministry spokesperson Khaled Qassem, who said that the ministry is discussing with the Social Solidarity Ministry and local governors handing out compensation to those who have been affected by the floods. Of course, Qassem couldn’t resist talking about building violations, telling Moussa that there have been almost 1.4 mn requests to settle building violations, 210k of which have been settled. At 161k, Menoufia Governorate has the largest number of reconciliation requests, while Cairo has collected the most in fines at more than EGP 930 mn, Qassem said (watch, runtime: 9:47).

Could the gov’t agree to extend the reconciliation deadline? Moussa phoned the head of the parliamentary Local Development Committee, Ahmed Al Sigini, who said that there have been 1.2 mn settlement requests since the cabinet decided to slash the fines. He raised the possibility of the government agreeing to extend the deadline past 30 September if the number of requests doesn’t reach 2 mn (watch, runtime: 12:10).

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