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Sunday, 6 March 2022

Ukraine crisis and “poor-quality petrol” top talk show coverage

Leading the conversation on the airwaves last night was the government’s efforts to repatriate Egyptians fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. We have more information in this morning’s War Watch wrap-up, above.

Fuel fury: Oil Ministry spokesman Hamdi Abdel Aziz denied allegations that “poor quality-petrol” sold in Egypt has resulted in “vehicle technical problems” in a phone-in with El Hekaya’s Amr Adib (watch, runtime 9:12). The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) said that several hundred cars broke down in Egypt in 2021 due to inferior fuel quality and that traces of manganese were detected in the fuel in Cairo and Suez, which Abdel Aziz unequivocally denied. “Egyptian petrol conforms to standard specifications,” and “it is free of manganese,” he said. Kelma Akheera (watch, runtime 12:41) and Al Hayah Al Youm (watch, runtime 6:06) also had coverage.

Also on the airwaves last night:

  • Economist Mahmoud Mohieldin talked about the implications of the Ukraine war and how Egypt is preparing for COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh in a phone-in with Masaa DMC (watch, runtime 42:53 )
  • Blame Russia sanctions for rising cement prices: Ahmed Sherine, a reported expert on the cement industry, explained to El Hekaya that cement is getting pricier due to the rising global price of coal — which is used in the production of cement and which Russia is a major exporter of — in a phone-in with El Hekaya (watch, runtime 6:53)
  • Unsubsidized bread is getting more expensive due to sellers pushing up flour prices on the back of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, head of the bakeries division at the Cairo Chamber of Commerce Attia Hamad told Ala Mas’ouleety (watch, runtime 10:15)

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