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Subsidized bread to be rationed, Egyptian officals says

 

Egypt plans to start rationing subsidized bread, a government minister said Tuesday, taking a risky step to curb the budget deficit by restricting supplies of inexpensive loaves that are vital to the poor. Supply Minister Bassem Ouda said the government would start rationing “after two months.” Trials of a rationing system using electronic cards will begin in the restive city of Port Said and its suburb Port Fouad. Mr. Ouda did not say how many loaves people would be entitled to. Food supply has long been an explosive issue in Egypt. Curbs on bread subsidies provoked riots in 1977 and, as recently as 2008, President Hosni Mubarak faced protests over bread shortages.

 

Source: The New York Times

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