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This week on Marketplace Middle East

updated 1:21 PM EST, Wed November 21, 2012
Jordanian protestors demonstrating in Amman following an announcement that government would raise fuel prices.
Jordanian protestors demonstrating in Amman following an announcement that government would raise fuel prices.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • In Jordan, a cut in fuel subsidies has led to unrest and threats of an uprising
  • There have been demonstrations across the country, including the capital Amman
  • In Focus: MME takes a look attempts by Egypt's government to control the budget

MME is a weekly show focusing on the issues, developments and trends that affect the region's business climate.

(CNN) -- IN FOCUS: JORDAN'S ENERGY WOES

In Jordan, economics has led to unrest and threats of an uprising. A government cut in fuel subsidies that led to higher prices triggered demonstrations across the country, including the capital Amman. The protests sprung up with people angry about price jumps for essentials, such as petrol and cooking fuel. MME takes a look at how economic hardship is turning into political dissent.

IN FOCUS: CAIRO CLOSING TIME

As countries in the Middle East try to control their budgets, trimming the cost of energy is high on the list. Egypt hopes to save electricity by reducing the hours shops and restaurants can remain open. Energy subsidies account for more than 20% of the country's budget. MME takes a look at the latest attempts by the government to reduce costs and the impact it is having.

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