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Monday, 6 September 2021

Last Night’s Talk Shows: More local vaccines, Moderna and Pfizer arrivals, El-Sisi’s humanitarian convoy and the personal status law

The big story on the airwaves last night: Health Ministry spokesperson Khaled Megahed dropped into El Hekaya to provide updates on all things vaccine. Check out this morning’s Covid Watch section for the details.

CBE governor Tarek Amer was all over the airwaves after he was named one of Global Finance Magazine’s 10 best central bank governors in the world in 2021. Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime: 5:01), Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 2:22), Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 1:32) and Hadith El Qahera (watch, runtime 1:40) all had coverage of the story.

Also getting attention: Everyone and their mother had coverage of the Tahya Misr aid convoy that’s set to distribute goods to 5 mn Egyptian families around the country. El Hekaya (watch, runtime: 2:10), Masaa DMC (watch, runtime: 1:11), Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime: 6:53) and Kelma Akhira (watch, runtime: 2:10) all had the details.

On another note, Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi spotlighted the personal status law for non-Muslims that was recently approved by the cabinet. El Hadidi discussed the new law in a phone call with Andrea Zaki, president of Egypt’s Protestant community, who said that the law was currently with the justice ministry and that a decision has been made to send it on to the parliament (watch, runtime: 10:32 | 2:44). He added that churches had participated in drafting the law through expansive talks with the justice ministry, adding that 90% of churches are in agreement with it. Zaki said that the controversial articles relate to marriage, divorce and annulment, adding that the justice ministry had agreed with Egypt’s three Christian denominations that each one would see separate articles on these matters.

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