Egypt susceptible to Tunisia-style revolt, says former European politician

Former European Commission President Romano Prodi said Egypt may be vulnerable to an uprising similar to Tunisia after street protests threw that country’s government into disarray, according to an editorial in il Messaggero.

Egypt is growing well and has good opportunities for growth to continue, but the fragility of the political situation makes it extremely vulnerable to youth unemployment and the increase in the price of bread,” Prodi wrote in the editorial.

Prodi also said Sudan, where a referendum on the independence of the southern region of the country ended yesterday, should be monitored. The results of the ballot will be announced next month and independence for the south, if approved by the voters, will be declared in July. Southern Sudan accounts for as much as 80 percent of Sudan’s oil production.

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