Egypt's Mursi says not worried by currency fall

CAIRO Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:58am GMT

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CAIRO (Reuters) - The Egyptian pound's fall to a record low does not worry or scare the government and the situation will "balance out within days", President Mohamed Mursi was quoted as saying by state news agency MENA on Monday.

Mursi made the remarks during a meeting with Arab journalists on Sunday evening, MENA said.

Separately, the head of the Egyptian banking federation described a system of foreign exchange auctions introduced by the central bank on Sunday as an "important first step" towards a free float of the pound.

Tarek Amer, who is also chairman of Egypt's largest bank, state-owned National Bank of Egypt, said the new system was a success on its first day and had "significantly reduced" demand for dollars.

(Reporting by Tom Perry/Patrick Werr; editing by Patrick Graham)

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