An Egyptian fruit seller is seen at a market in Cairo, Egypt March 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Teacher Abdel-Rahman Ali wonders if he will be able to afford diapers for the second child his wife is expecting.Ali and other middle class Egyptians – the social backbone of successive governments – are bracing for more hardship after an election next week widely expected to give President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi a second term.Sisi has repeatedly urged Egyptians to be patient and make sacrifices for their country while the economy recovers.But political analysts say he has to be careful in dealing with the middle class, whose savings have been devoured by skyrocketing prices during his four years in office.Faced with the need to fix Egypt's public finances, Sisi agreed to economic reforms under a $12 billion International Monetary Fund loan package.People like Ali, who could once afford a car and vacations abroad, are still having to cut costs and manage one financial crisis after another as they become ever poorer.His family's combined income of 4,000 pounds ($228) a month will amount to 33 pounds per day per person when his second child is born – less than $2 .
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