Middle East Higher fuel prices test Sisi's patriotic pitch to struggling Egyptians

Pump prices are up by 78 percent, sparking protests by taxi drivers, as Egypt tries to cut its subsidies bill. President Sisi says Egyptians should sacrifice for the good of the nation. 

By , Correspondent

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Taxi and microbus drivers brought the streets of several Cairo neighborhoods to a standstill over the weekend with strikes to protest a 78 percent hike in fuel prices. But newly elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says the public discontent will not make him budge on austerity measures.