People wait to board a train at El Sadat metro station in the center of Cairo, Egypt May 13, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi Wednesday defended fare hikes on the Cairo metro that sparked a rare display of public discontent last week, saying the move was necessary for the loss-making transportation network.The government said the higher fares, which came into effect Friday and saw the cost of some metro tickets triple, are needed to keep the metro running and to finance new extensions.The government had previously angered Cairo residents, already hit by a sharp rise in living costs, when it doubled the price of metro tickets last year for millions of commuters.
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