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Egypt leader downplays protests

CAIRO: Egyptian President Fattah al-Sisi on Friday dismissed a call for a second weekend of protests as “no reason for concern,” with hundreds already arrested in an intensifying crackdown on a rare show of discontent on the streets. Last week’s open defiance of al-Sisi—triggered by viral videos from exiled Egyptian businessman Mohamed Aly—has surprised observers in a country where opposition of all stripes has been severely curtailed. Elected president in 2014 after pushing predecessor Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood from power the previous year, Sisi is seen by many as one of the most authoritarian figures in the Middle East.

AFP


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Today’s Front Page December 11, 2019

Today’s Front Page December 11, 2019