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Drivers Wait Eight Hours to Refill in Ethiopia’s Fuel Crisis

  • Ethiopia increased diesel prices by 38% effective this week
  • Government to gradually remove fuel subsidies within a year
Motor Tricycles wait in a line to refuel near a petrol station in Mekele, northern Ethiopia, earlier in June. 

Motor Tricycles wait in a line to refuel near a petrol station in Mekele, northern Ethiopia, earlier in June. 

Photographer: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

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Fuel shortages at pump stations in Ethiopia worsened this week, with motorists in the capital Addis Ababa waiting as long as eight hours to refill.

The pain is poised to bite harder after the government on Tuesday announced a 38% increase in the price of diesel as it plans to stop subsidizing fuel. Commuters were seen waiting for hours before they could get rides. Vehicles formed long queues around gas stations in Addis Ababa and other cities across the country.