Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivers a speech during the Africa 2016 forum on Feb. 20, 2016, in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. / AFP / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
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President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who once enjoyed widespread popular support, has come under withering criticism from Egyptians on social media after delivering a long televised speech Wednesday.One Egyptian historian, Khaled Fahmy, compared Sisi to the late, eccentric Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi when he delivered a speech threatening to hunt down opponents in every corner of Libya as rebels challenged his rule.Sisi toppled President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.Less than a year later, Egyptians who opposed the Brotherhood and regarded Sisi as a decisive leader who could bring stability, elected him president.Sisi often spoke in an aggressive tone in the speech, wagging his finger while providing few details on how he planned to improve life for Egyptians.
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