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    Egyptian public buses are to have female drivers for the first time, national media reported on Wednesday.

    CAIRO, March 12 (RIA Novosti) - Egyptian public buses are to have female drivers for the first time, national media reported on Wednesday.

    The national bus service has been badly hit by a lack of staff, with many male drivers leaving to take up better-paid positions at private and tourist companies.

    Women willing to become bus drivers will be trained and given a driving license to make up the shortage. Around 150 buses have recently been taken out of service in Cairo alone.

    According to the Aljazeera magazine website, women make up 31 % of government sector staff in Egypt.

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