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Egypt PM blames rumours for fuel crisis

Interim Prime Minister El-Ganzouri held a press conference Wednesday to discuss various political developments, including the current fuel crisis

Ahram Online, Wednesday 6 Jun 2012
Kamal El-Ganzouri
Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri holds a press conference on Wednesday. (Photo: Reuters)

Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri held a press conference Wednesday afternoon during which addressed recent developments in the country, including the current fuel crisis.

El- Ganzouri stated that "rumours [are] being spread on the price increase of fuel." The fuel crisis erupted in Egypt after the final results of the first round of the presidential elections came out. It is the third crisis to happen this year. Previous crises have been associated with bad weather or panic buying.

Suicidal mission

During the press conference, the interim premier described the transitional period (during which the conditions were to be laid down for the transfer of power from the ruling military junta to a civil authority) as "suicidal."

"It was a suicidal mission; it was really hard to get through and it will soon end," said El-Ganzouri, who succeeded Essam Sharaf as prime minister in November amid fierce clashes between anti-military protesters and security forces. 

He reminded attendees at the press conference that during the past five months the police lost 39 officers, while six ministers were striken with various diseases. Some 100 decisions were taken by the government's and 18 meetings were held between the government and members of parliament.

El-Ganzouri added that 6200 fugitives and 3600 drug dealers have been arrested.

No elections rigging

On the presidential elections, El-Ganzouri vowed that the run-off wouyld be free of fraud, just like the first round, and confirmed that the government would stay neutral regarding all presidential candidates.

When asked about widespread calls for forming a presidential council, mainly led by eliminated presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Abdel-Monem Abul-Fotouh, El-Ganzouri said that LE1.6 billion was spent on the presidential elections, which makes the run-offs "inevitable."

El-Ganzouri further announced that Egypt's external debt went down to $33.2 billion, while the country's foreign reserves rose by $316 million, making the total $15.5 billion.

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