Without billions of dollars from the Gulf region Egypt would be bankrupt. The country has finally faced up to its economic problems by eliminating subsidies, but as a result, fuel prices rose as much as 78 percent.
How will the people cope with reduced subsidies? And how long will the billions from the Gulf keep saving the economy from bankruptcy?
Counting the Cost examines President El-Sisi's plans to get the country's finances in order.
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