In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, speaks during a youth conference in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, July 29, 2018. (MENA via AP)
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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.Sisi was first elected in 2014, a year after, as defense minister, he led the military's ouster of Mohammad Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood member who was freely elected but whose one year in office proved divisive.In March, Sisi won a second, four-year term after running virtually unopposed.Egypt, he warned Sunday, would not survive another "revolutionary" phase like that of 2011 .Addressing the same youth conference Sunday, Sisi warned that economic reform was open-ended and that he intended to continue down the same route.Sisi said Sunday his security forces have made significant progress in the fight against insurgents but warned that future terror attacks could not be ruled out.
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