Last Night’s Talk Shows on 2 November 2020
Coverage of the results of the first phase of the parliamentary elections dominated the airwaves last night: Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 4:19), Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 3:34) and Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 6:43) all covered the National Elections Authority’s press conference announcing the results from last month’s poll, which saw voters from 14 governorates go the ballot box. We have more coverage in this morning’s Speed Round, below.
New covid-era umrah restrictions pose problems for Egyptian pilgrims: El Hadidi phoned Ashraf Shiha, a member of the Chamber of Tourism Companies, who said that new restrictions imposed by Saudi Arabia on umrah pilgrims will mean that many Egyptians will not be able to make the trip (watch, runtime: 7:50). The new conditions make PCR tests mandatory for all travellers, impose compulsory isolation for three days in KSA, and prohibit people aged under 18 and over 50 from travelling. Shiha noted that these conditions would raise costs, putting the trip beyond the financial reach of many Egyptians. Shiha also spoke to Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 4:21).
Wage hikes for public sector teachers: Assal phoned Rep. Samy Hashem, head of the House Education Committee, to discuss a bill that proposes better pay for teachers in the nation’s public school system, which cleared the House yesterday. Hashem said the committee made minor semantic adjustments to the draft law (watch, runtime: 10:41) but didn’t change the financial ratios that the Madbouly cabinet approved last month. Ahmed Moussa also had coverage (watch, runtime: 4:39).
Private schools, watch this space: El Hadidi phoned Rep. Mohamed Abu El Enein, who said the education minister told the committee he was looking into ways to prompt private schools to pay their teachers better and would report back within four weeks (watch, runtime: 6:22).