Egypt’s leader hikes min­i­mum wage by 67 per­cent

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

CAIRO — Egypt’s Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah el-Sissi on Satur­day an­nounced that he has raised the min­i­mum wage to 2,000 Egyp­tian pounds ($115.74) per month from 1,200 ($69.27), a 67 per­cent in­crease.

The move came ahead of a pos­si­ble na­tional ref­er­en­dum on con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments that would po­ten­tially al­low him to re­main in power un­til 2034.

Egypt’s Par­lia­ment ap­proved con­sti­tu­tional changes last month that would fur­ther en­shrine the mil­i­tary’s role in pol­i­tics.

El-Sissi said in tele­vised com­ments the raise will be ap­plied to all Egyp­tian work­ers. The move was part of a pack­age of mea­sures, in­clud­ing a raise in pen­sions and bonuses, in­tended to ease the bur­dens of Egyp­tians hurt by painful aus­ter­ity mea­sures in re­cent years.

Egypt’s Fi­nance Min­istry said the in­crease would kick in in July.

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