Egypt fuel prices to jump 78pc

Egypt will raise fuel prices in ranges that reach up to a 78 per cent hike starting at 10am, NZT, an Oil Ministry source says, as the country tries to cut energy subsidies to ease the burden on its swelling budget deficit.

"The increase will start being implemented by midnight," the source said.

Food and energy subsidies traditionally eat up a quarter of state spending and the government is taking steps to reform its subsidy programme and revive an economy that has been battered by more than three years of political turmoil.

Reuters