Last Night’s Talk Shows on 5 November 2020
The US election continued to dominate the airwaves last night. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Mohamed Sherdy highlighted Trump’s accusations of electoral fraud (watch, runtime: 1:58) while Al Masry Al Youm Chairman Abd El Moneim Saied told Yahduth Fi Misr’s Sherif Amer that Joe Biden is an establishment guy with nearly 50 years of experience who stands a chance at pulling America out of its “current crisis” in just months (watch, runtime: 1:58). Then there was some highly questionable analysis, with journalist Akram Alfy telling Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi that Florida could decide the winner (watch, runtime: 46: 24).
Moussa gave us his two cents on the breakdown of the GERD talks yesterday, claiming that Ethiopia was stalling until the result of the US election become clear (watch, runtime: 1:26). We have more on this in this morning’s Diplo + Foreign Trade, below.
Education Ministry blocks tuition fee hikes: Sherdy covered the Education Ministry’s decision to stop the annual increase in tuition fees charged by private and international schools during the 2020/2021 academic year due to the increasing economic hardship caused by the pandemic (watch, runtime: 3:32). Sherdy noted that the Madbouly government has poured cold water on rumors that it was considering closing schools and universities in the event of a second wave (watch, runtime: 1:55). Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan also had the story (watch, runtime: 1:00 and 1:44).
The EDA heads wants to reassure us over a potential second wave of covid-19: Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan phoned Ali Al Ghamrawi, the spokesperson of the Egyptian Drug Authority, who said the country will not suffer shortages of medicine in the event of a rise in covid-19 cases. The authority keeps tabs on the supply of medicines, allowing it to act in case of a shortage, he said (watch, runtime: 7:30).