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Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows on 16 February 2021

The airwaves were abuzz last night over the release of a new movie about the 2015 kidnapping and murder of 21 Egyptian Copts in Libya at the hands of Daeshbags. The movie, El Serb, earned coverage from Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi (watch, runtime: 2:40), Al Hayah Al Youm's Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 5:13), and Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 9:39). You can watch the trailer here (runtime: 1:30).

Oh, how the tables have turned on Ali Abdel Aal: Former House Speaker Ali Abdel Aal is under fire for reportedly having a shoddy attendance record since joining the new class of MPs as a common representative, rather than the speaker. The hubbub began earlier this week when Rep. Mostafa Bakry sat down for an interview with Al Masry Al Youm (watch, runtime: 35:45) and discussed Abdel Aal’s repeated absence from parliament sessions, which has drawn the ire of other MPs — especially since Abdel Aal himself had repeatedly struggled with MPs’ attendance records when he was House speaker.

So, what’s going to be done about it? Any MP missing three sessions per week will miss out on a monetary bonus, Deputy Speaker Ahmed Saad Eldin told El Hekaya’s Amr Adib (watch, runtime: 2:54). Abdel Aal could resign as early as today, Al Masry Al Youm suggests.

More on the new NGOs Act: The Social Solidarity Ministry sat down with civil society groups to explain the details and regulations laid out in the new NGOs Act and its executive regulations, which were issued earlier this month, Minister Nevine El Kabbaj told Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 15:55).

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