Egypt leader urges people to defend state ahead of protests

Egypt’s president urged citizens to defend the state and its institutions from the “forces of evil” on Sunday, a day before planned demonstrations against his policies, including the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

In a widely televised speech, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi insisted on the need for stability in the Arab world’s most populous country, saying that attempts to degrade it “won’t be successful” if Egypt stands united. “We must protect these institutions because these mean the state,” he said. “I am reiterating to the Egyptian people this is the responsibility of all of us, for us to protect this security and stability.”



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