Egypt’s rapidly expanding black market and vast hoarding for gasoline — and for foodstuffs, other commodities and U.S. dollars — may be the most tangible illustration of just how badly the economy of this Arab nation is failing two years after the fall of Hosni Mubarak.
April 11, 2013 A man pours black-market diesel into the fuel tank of a minibus in Cairo. The prices of most basic goods, such as fuel and flour, have been fixed here for decades, with Egypt pouring roughly a quarter of its gross domestic product into a bloated, deeply inefficient national subsidy system each year. But the recent turmoil and other factors have made it hard for Egypt to foot the bill. Tara Todras-Whitehill/The Washington Post Buy Photo