A vendor picks up potatoes at a temporary tent with government subsidised goods, after consumer prices increase across the country in Cairo, Egypt October 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi spoke daily at the World Youth Forum in the resort of Sharm al-Sheikh this week, touching on topics from Syria's reconstruction to religious tolerance but it was a remark about potatoes that most stirred the pot.Sisi asked, after hinting that Egyptian civil servants would go without an annual wage increase this year due to increased government costs.Sisi was referring to a sharp increase in the price of the staple vegetable over the past two weeks from around 6 pounds ($0.3346) per kilogram to as much as 14 pounds, widely dubbed a "potato crisis" by local newspapers and which has become a hot topic of conversation on the street.Austerity reforms are a key challenge for Sisi.
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