AID DEAL: A senior International Monetary Fund official said Wednesday the fund remains willing to consider a much-needed $3.2 billion aid package for Egypt but is waiting for consensus from political leaders in Cairo.
BACKGROUND: The IMF wants Egypt's interim military-backed government and elected officials to put together a comprehensive economic recovery plan before it agrees to provide aid. Egypt's parliament last week rejected the Cabinet's economic plan, setting back efforts to secure the funding.
REQUIREMENTS: IMF official Masood Ahmed says the plan should address economic imbalances within the country while protecting the poor and generating confidence among foreign investors.
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