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IMF approves massive bailout loan to help Egyptian economy

The International Monetary Fund's executive board has approved a three-year bailout totalling 12 billion dollars (£9.5bn) to Egypt to support the country's ailing economy.

The IMF said the programme aims to help Egypt "restore macroeconomic stability and promote inclusive growth." It added that Egypt will receive a first instalment of 2.75 billion dollars (£2.2bn) immediately.

The approval comes almost a week after the Egyptian government floated its currency and raised fuel prices in order to qualify for the loan.

These reforms earned praise from the IMF and the international business community, but caused price hikes for an already frustrated cash-strapped population, with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi now risking a serious political backlash.

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