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Waiting for financial stability: Election won’t end investor worries about Egypt

Economic issues - corruption and poverty - were high on the list of protesters' complaints during the Arab Spring and the subsequent uncertainty has worsened the economic position of the Middle East's most populous nation, says Una Galani

May 22, 2012 3:27 by

In practice, it will not be so easy. The president’s powers have not yet been defined and may be limited by the military, which is thought to control more than one third of the economy. Corrupt practices are unlikely to disappear without a fight. And subsidy cuts, if communicated and implemented poorly or too quickly, could reignite mass protests.

Reform-minded or not, the new president will have his hands full with political questions: agreeing on a new constitution and establishing civilian rule. Investors will have to wait for financial stability.

- Una Galani


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