Unemployment challenges ahead for new Egypt president
Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 01:50
May 24 - Unemployment is one of the main problems set to face the winner of Egypt's presidential election, which starts on Monday. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Egyptians cheer at a rally for presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi.
The election starts Monday, and the winner will have to tackle one of Egypt's biggest problems -- unemployment.
This man claims to have been unemployed for fifteen years.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNEMPLOYED MAN, AMMAR ALY, SAYING:
"I swear there is not work. I hope that the next president that we want to take charge would pay attention to the youth that have no income, the rent and those who have three, four or even five children. We do not go out in protests; those who go out in protest want an increase in salary. What about those who have no income? We only have God and this country."
Since the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak the job crisis has only gotten worse, as foreign investors and tourists shied away from the country.
But last year, after toppling the Muslim Brotherhood from power, the Egyptian army launched a vocational training program.
The United Arab Emirates is bankrolling the scheme, which aims to train 100,000 youths in skills needed by industry.
Mahmoud Al-Sherbiny heads the program.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF A GOVERNMENT INDUSTRIAL TRAINING SCHEME, MAHMOUD AL-SHERBINY, SAYING:
"It is going to be a huge political problem if they don't find those young people a decent job. That's why also, I believe, it is a big reason for the government now thinking of that dimension that they do not want to be faced with another revolution in the next year or so."
According to official rates, more than 13 percent of the Egyptian workforce is unemployed.
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