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Monday, 9 November 2020

Last Night’s Talk Shows on 9 November 2020

With the excitement about the US elections dying down, Egypt’s parliamentary elections took center stage on the talk shows last night.

Polls close in second stage of parliamentary vote: Al Hayah Al Youm’s Mohamed Sherdy interviewed Alaa Shalby, the head of the Arab Organization for Human Rights and Sobhy Essila, the researcher at Al-Ahram Center for Political Studies, to comment on the second round of the House elections, which ended yesterday. Shalby said that the pandemic affected the participation of international election observers and pointed out that the National Elections Authority did a solid job curbing any irregularities brought to its attention. Essila noted that women and the elderly turned out in large numbers to vote, but predicted that voter turnout during the run-off vote for the first round later this month would be weak (watch, runtime: 31:40).

Elsewhere: Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa covered the National Elections Authority’s decision to extend voting in Asmarat due to high voter turnout (watch, runtime: 3:59), Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi reported on voting in Gharbia Governorate (watch, runtime: 4:23), and Masaa DMC’s Eman El Hosary noted the State Information Service’s statement which reviewed international media coverage of the election (watch, runtime: 9:45).

There was more discussion about what a Biden administration will mean for Egypt: Former Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa told El Hekaya's Amr Adib the incoming administration could radically change its Middle East policy and become closer to Iran and Turkey (watch, runtime: 1:50). Ahmed Moussa, meanwhile, seems to have done a 180 on Joe Biden just one day after going full MAGA, telling his audience that the Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit told him that the former VP loves Egypt and won’t return to Obama-era policies (watch, runtime: 6:03).

Tahya Misr allocates EGP 1 bn to support vulnerable families: Moussa highlighted President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's decision to allocate EGP 1 bn from the Tahya Misr fund to support the most vulnerable families during the winter season. The money will be used to purchase food, clothes and equipment for some 1 mn people, fund medical devices in hospitals and universities, and provide equipment to individuals working in the handicrafts and fishing industries (watch, runtime: 5:33).

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