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Egypt’s Stagnant Economic Growth Fuels Protests: Chart of Day

Egypt’s failure to boost economic growth over the past two decades is fueling the social unrest aimed at forcing the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

The CHART OF THE DAY shows Egypt as the worst performer among 13 Middle Eastern, North African and Gulf countries in terms of per capita gross domestic product growth. While Egypt’s growth per person stagnated between 1989 and 2008, Turkey’s has risen 273 percent, and Lebanon is up 689 percent.