Bassem Youssef pokes fun at Sisi announcement
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CAIRO: Satirist Bassem Youssef’s latest program poked fun at this Wednesday’s televised announcement by Abdel Fatah al-Sisi of his bid for president.

Sisi announced on state television that he would run for president on March 26, after resigning from his ministerial position, following a meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, attended by interim President Adly Mansour.

The satirist also made fun of a TV show guest  who said “ Thank God Sisi did not wear his glasses during the statement. Reading  eye movements involves much more than just spoken word.”

Youssef also highlighted a segment from a program by TV host Magdy al-Galad, who asked Minister of Energy and Electricity Mohamed Shaker if he saw any light in Sisi’s statement,  referring to the problem of daily power outages. Youssef’s audience roared with laughter when Sahker answered “the whole speech was light.”

Youssef also juxtaposed the recent announcement with a video from 2013, in which Sisi said he would not seek the presidency.

Sisi had announced following the events of June 30 that he was not interested in ruling Egypt, and that “protecting the people’s will is more dear and more valuable than ruling Egypt.”

Youssef also discussed the Egyptian reaction to of Qatar’s emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani during Arab league summit which was held in Kuwait.

The TV host said that Qatar described  what happened in Egypt as “ a coup,” simply because it had not been in line with their interests, adding sarcastically that Qatar probably didn’t know what a coup was, having experienced “only three  throughout their long history.”

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