Egypt parliament to discuss raising Cairo metro tickets
Passengers are seen boarding the carriages of the new metro line in Cairo on February 21, 2012, linking the central Ataba district with the subrub of Abbasiya, two of the Egyptian capital's busiest neighborhoods. AFP
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CAIRO: Transport Minister Saad al-Geyoushi announced that the Egyptian parliament will look into a study on raising Cairo metro ticket prices, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The statement came after Geyoushi signed an agreement on funding the third stage of the third metro line Thursday.

The 17 kilometer -long third phase includes the construction of 15 metro stations in Greater Cairo.

A potential rise in the metro ticket, currently costs 1 EGP, has sparked a wave of condemnation by political groups and activists when the issue was raised in August.

Earlier this month, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi said the first session of the new Egyptian parliament will be held late December. The parliament members are divided into 448 independents, 120 list-based deputies and 28 presidential appointees.

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