February 11, 2020 / 1:24 PM / 14 days ago

Egypt population reaches 100 million people - statistics agency

Egypt’s Minister of Planning, Hala Helmy, speaks during a news conference at the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, announcing that Egypt’s population has hit 100 million people, in Cairo, Egypt February 11, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s population reached 100 million people on Tuesday, the official statistics agency CAPMAS said, putting more pressure on the government which sees the population boom as a threat to its economic reform plans.

The country’s 100 millionth person was recorded on the agency’s digital counter in eastern Cairo and on its website.

Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Alex Richardson

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