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Sunday, 8 November 2020

US presidential, local parliamentary elections dominate talk shows last night

It was wall-to-wall election coverage on the airwaves last night, with the nation’s talking heads clearly more interested in what was going on across the Atlantic than the voting taking place at home.

Biden beats Trump: Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi spoke with Omar Mehanna, the head of the Egyptian-American Business Council, who said that Biden would focus on reunifying American society — and suggested that Biden would likely break with the Obama administration on Middle East policy (watch, runtime: 5:12). El Hadidi also interviewed Al Masry Al Youm Chairman Abd El Moneim Saeed, who said that Biden's priority would be containing the covid-19 crisis and healing divisions, adding that the former vice-president would rebuild bridges with the country’s NATO and European Union allies (watch, runtime: 11:23).

More, for your viewing pleasure: Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary (watch, runtime: 24:27), Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 1:24), and El Hekaya’s Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 2:56) also covered the results.

Ahmed Moussa went full MAGA: Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa phoned Michael Morgan, a researcher at the fringe “think tank” London Center for Policy Research, who unsurprisingly took his cue directly from Trump’s Twitter feed, claiming that the Democratic Party committed electoral fraud by faking mail-in ballots. Insisting that the election is not yet over, he claimed that Biden’s victory still remains a projection while the Trump Campaign’s lawsuits remain unadjudicated (watch, runtime: 17:54).

How will the markets react? El Hadidi phoned Nabil Zaki, professor of international economics and finance at New York University, who predicted that the markets will continue last week’s rally next week but will experience volatility as investors turn their attention to Biden’s economic and tax program (watch, runtime: 8:10).

Second round of House elections kicks off: Assal covered the first day of the second round of the parliamentary elections, focusing on the participation of youth and women (watch, runtime: 21:05). El Hosary also covered the second phase of the elections (watch, runtime: 6:49).

Warning: We’re about to have a bit of weather… Assal phoned the director of the Egyptian Meteorological Authority’s forecast center, Mahmoud Shahin, who said that there are expectations of torrential rains along coastal areas and that a decision has been taken to suspend schools and universities (watch, runtime: 4:17). Alexandria Governor Mohammad El Sharif told Amr Adib that authorities are working to drain the water (watch, runtime: 3:39). Adib also phoned Iman Shaker, sensor center deputy at the Meteorological Authority, who said that rain would continue in Cairo and Alexandria today before beginning to ease on Monday (watch, runtime: 1:39).

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