Egypt president defends painful austerity measures

  • In this photo provided by Egypt’s state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks during a youth conference in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, July 29, 2018. El-Sissi said he is “upset” over recent online postings calling on him to step down over the country’s troubled economy. El-Sissi zealously defended his economic policies on Sunday, saying he was left with no choice but to embrace painful austerity measures to revive an economy mauled by years of political turmoil and violence. (MENA via AP)

CAIRO — Egypt’s president zealously defended his economic policies on Sunday, saying he was left with no choice but to embrace painful austerity measures to revive an economy mauled by years of political turmoil and violence.

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