Egyptian state TV used the Game of Thrones song to show off the new Suez Canal

Egyptian state TV used the Game of Thrones song to show off the new Suez Canal

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi officially inaugurated an extension to the Suez Canal on Thursday amid much pomp and ceremony.

The event is being used as an excuse for a whole lot of nationalist celebrations intended to cement ex-military chief al-Sisi's position as a legitimate President and lift the country out of the economic stagnation it has faced during the last few years of civil unrest.

Not only is Thursday a national holiday, al-Sisi is welcoming both French President Francois Hollande and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to the spectacular planned celebrations, which include a yachting procession to the city of Ismailia, a state banquet and a fireworks display this evening.

The £5.1 billion New Suez Canal project was completed in just one year instead of three on al-Sisi's orders, although economists and shipping analysts have questioned whether there is sufficient traffic and east-west trade to meet its ambitious revenue targets.

Naturally, state television has been closely following today's events, but someone at mission control evidently decided that the celebrations were missing a je ne sais quoi - so people watching at home were treated to footage with the distinctive HBO show Game of Thrones theme tune playing under the commentary:


Hey - if al-Sisi was OK with overthrowing a democratically elected president, he probably isn't too fussed about minor things like copyright.

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