Egypt’s govt hikes gasoline, diesel prices, second increase since currency floatation: minister

A female employee works alongside a male colleague at a petrol station in Cairo, Egypt, February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO  – Egypt’s government on Thursday increased gasoline and diesel prices, in the second fuel hike since the currency was floated in November and the latest cut in state subsidies to ease the budget deficit, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla told Reuters.

Molla said the price of 92-octane gasoline rose to 5 Egyptian pounds ($0.2767) from 3.5 pounds per litre and diesel and 80-octane, the most commonly used fuel category, increased to 3.65 pounds per litre from 2.35 pounds per litre.

He said the total amount of subsidies for petroleum products in 2017-2018 will decrease to 110 billion Egyptian pounds ($6.09 billion) from 145 billion Egyptian pounds ($8.02 billion).

Food and energy subsidies traditionally eat up a about quarter of state spending, but austerity reforms are political sensitive for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as higher cost of living cuts into his popularity.

($1 = 18.0700 Egyptian pounds)

(Reporting by Abdelrahman Adel; writing by Patrick Markey)


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