BIG DEAL: Egypt and the International Monetary Fund have reached an initial agreement for a $4.8 billion loan that will support the government's economic program for 22 months.
DIRE NEED: Egypt's government views the loan as crucial to addressing a range of economic troubles it is facing in the wake of last year's uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak's 29-year regime.
GRIM BACKDROP: The new Islamist government of President Mohammed Morsi is struggling with labor unrest, low growth rates, a plunge in foreign currency reserves, and a loss of tourism revenue and foreign investment since the uprising.
- Politics & Government
- President Hosni Mubarak