Egypt is raising the price of electricity by an average of 26 percent as part of austerity measures designed to overhaul the country's economy. 

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El Sisi has asked Egyptians to endure the necessary measures.

Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker said on Tuesday that electricity charges for factories would rise by 41.8 percent and for households by 20.9 percent, with the new charges taking effect in July, Egypt’s Al Ahram daily reported.

Zimbabwe is trying to rebuild its ravaged economy after former president Robert Mugabe, accused of mismanaging it during his 37 year ruleEgypt is implementing an economic reform programme which has included slashing subsidies, imposing a value-added tax and a currency flotation. The measures are aimed at qualifying for a three-year $12bn bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund, which Egypt secured in 2016.

Millions of poor Egyptians,  as well as the country’s middle class, have been hit hard by the austerity measures.

- African News Agency (ANA)