A demonstrator burns a poster of Sisi during a protest near Al-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo.
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After years of hearing little but enthusiastic applause for Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and vilification of his enemies, the tens of millions of Egyptians who watch the country's pugnacious talk shows are suddenly being presented with the president's faults.After years of publicly lionizing Sisi as the savior of the nation, many of the country's most influential figures have emerged to blame the president for an economy in crisis, an Islamist insurgency raging in the Sinai Peninsula and the brutality of an unreformed police force.In a rambling speech last month, Sisi appeared angry and unsure, complaining that Egyptians were focusing on his faults rather than his achievements.Hamdeen Sabahy, a leftist politician who first backed Sisi's crackdown on Islamists but ran against him in the 2014 election, launched an initiative in recent days to rally opposition groups and present a viable alternative, unthinkable a year ago.Among the subjects that were once ignored is human rights. Security forces killed hundreds of Islamists in one day after Sisi toppled Morsi. Public sector workers were furious in November when Sisi issued a new civil service law that would cut jobs.
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