7pm News Wrapup July 5
By THE CAIRO POST

News & Politics:

The government increases fuel prices, causing furious reactions among citizens.

Gabriel Dansou Lokosso, secretary-general of the African Petroleum Producers Association (APPA), arrived in Cairo Saturday in a visit during which he is to meet with several investors.

CAPMAS report: The government’s decision to increase fuel prices will affect transportation prices.

A popular campaign has been started by Amr Moussa supporters to call on the former chairman of the 50-member committee to run in the upcoming parliamentary election so he can be elected the head of the new legislative body.

Business:

After the government increased the price of fuel on Friday night, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab decided to also increase the price of Mazut (a low quality fuel oil and diesel precursor) sold to industries and power companies.

In-depth:

The government’s sudden imposition of new fuel prices was faced by tense reactions, and commuters and taxi drivers panicked over the new 78 percent price increase. Queues were seen in gas stations and taxi drivers protested in the streets.

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) is increasing in rural areas in Egypt according to Women and Development Association (WDA) Alexandria governorate head Aida Nour al-Din, and studies indicate a perception that the practice is religiously mandated may be behind its widespread practice in Egypt.

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