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'Egypt's Jon Stewart' says comedy sketch pulled off air

ByREUTERS
June 3, 2014 04:24

CAIRO - Egypt's top TV satirist said on Monday his show had been canceled, amid speculation it was because his latest script poked fun at a presidential election won by the former army chief.

Bassem Youssef, known as the "Egyptian Jon Stewart", told a news conference the Saudi-owned MBC Masr TV station had been put under more pressure "than it could handle".

Last week's presidential election was won easily by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the man who, as army chief, toppled Egypt's first freely-elected leader, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, last year.

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