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Thursday, 11 February 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows on 11 February 2021

Cabinet’s approval of proposed incentives for natural gas car conversion scheme was all over the airwaves last night, with Masaa DMC’s Ramy Radwan (watch, runtime: 0:32) and Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 14:39) taking note. We have the details in Cabinet Watch, above.

Could the Information Ministry be scrapped altogether (again)? MPs are less than impressed with Information Minister Osama Heikal after his address to the House of Representatives, which apparently included incorrect figures and a claim that Ethiopian media has come out on top with its coverage of the GERD situation. House Media and Culture Committee Secretary Tamer Abdel Kader told Moussa that the ministry is redundant and some MPs consider it a waste of public funds (watch, runtime: 47:32). While the ramblings of an MP may not necessarily ensure a policy shift, Abdel Kader’s statement comes as rumors of an impending cabinet shuffle have been making the rounds for several months now.

Also on the airwaves last night:

  • Construction crackdown continues: Building code violators will face tribunals, said Administrative Prosecution Spokesperson Mohamed Samir (Ahmed Moussa on Ala Mas’ouleety | watch, runtime: 10:51).

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