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Egypt's Sisi defends fuel subsidies cut, adds taxes

An attendant fills a customer's tank at a petrol station in Cairo on January 16, 2012Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday defended a government decision to raise fuel prices as the authorities also slapped higher taxes on cigarettes and alcohol, state media reported. The authorities late Friday decided to slash state subsidies on petrol and diesel, sparking anger among taxi drivers and others affected by the rising costs. Police arrested two people on Sunday after dispersing a protest by fishermen angered by the fuel price hike in the coastal city of Rosetta, state media reported.

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