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Egypt's Govt Pledges to Deter ‘Exploitation’ of Rising Fuel Prices

Egypt's Govt Pledges to Deter ‘Exploitation’ of Rising Fuel Prices

Sunday, 14 July, 2019 - 10:45
A bus is being filled up with fuel by an employee at a gas station in Cairo, Egypt June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
Cairo - Asharq Al-Awsat

The Egyptian government announced Saturday that it had received hundreds of complaints on the “exploitation” of repercussions of its decision to raise fuel prices.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly pledged to “take deterrent measures” against the violations.

The Egyptian government announced last week raising fuel prices for the fifth time since 2014 between 16 and 30 percent for some products. It said this move was part of a comprehensive economic reform plan, including cutting subsidy on fuel prices in line with a deal concluded with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The number of complaints submitted by citizens between July 5 and 10, reached 652, according to the Unified Complaint System.

Head of the Unified Complaint System Tarek al-Refai said in a report raised to Madbouly that 466 of the total complaints are about private transport drivers not abiding by the official fares and 139 complaints about retailers selling butane gas cylinders in prices higher than those announced by the government.

Madbouly, for his part, gave orders to “rush in finding solutions for the complaints” received by the System regarding the violations.

He called for the “need to take deterrent action against all drivers who don’t commit to the new tariff fare, unavailability of petroleum products and change in the price declared for gas cylinders.”

Thirty-five complaints were raised by citizens even before the cut took place as some gas stations abstained from selling gasoline to citizens to be able to sell it later at higher prices.

Also, some retailer raised the prices of butane gas cylinders before the cut took effect.

Refai said institutions in charge have been following up on such complaints and taking the necessary measures against violators. He added that the municipal authorities have been checking on service providers to ensure they are abiding by the prices and fares set by the government.

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