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This big-mouthed puppet has enraged Egypt’s parliament

Several Egyptian lawmakers have demanded that action be taken against Abla Fahita, a puppet that stars in a popular Egyptian TV show, after she makes remarks critical of the parliament's performance.

CAIRO — Anger spread through the ranks of Egyptian parliamentarians over criticism leveled against them by Abla Fahita, the puppet star of a CBC channel program. In the program, Abla Fahita described the parliament members using terms that they considered inappropriate, leading them to submit urgent motions April 17 for the government to discipline the program. It went so far as parliament members collecting signatures for an official memorandum addressed to the prosecutor general asking to bar the program and take the channel off the air.

Abla Fahita has often criticized the conduct of the country’s parliament, with the puppet presenter of the show describing parliamentarians as “defects” in a satirical song on the program’s April 7 episode. She maintained her criticism and attack on independent member of parliament Elhami Ajina during the show’s April 14 episode, following Ajina’s statements that he would submit an urgent motion to the government requesting that the program be halted and financial penalties imposed on Abla Fahita for denigrating members of parliament and accusing them of profiteering.

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