Egypt wheat commission submits corruption report amid calls for minister to resign

Author(s): Eric Knecht and Maha El Dahan | Date: August 23, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.reuters.com/ | URL: http://goo.gl/A6nesC | Type: text

A fact-finding commission investigating corruption in Egypt’s domestic wheat supplies has delivered its final report to parliament, a lawmaker said on Monday, amid mounting pressure on the minister of supplies to resign.

Egypt, the world’s largest importer of wheat, has been mired in controversy over whether much of the roughly 5 million tons of grain the government said it procured in this year’s harvest exists only on paper, the result of local suppliers falsifying receipts to boost government payments.

The wheat corruption report, delivered late last week to the head of parliament, concluded some 200,000 tons of wheat was missing at ten private storage sites visited by the commission, Yasser Omar, a lawmaker on the commission, told Reuters.

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