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Egyptian youths are growing more disillusioned following the government's crackdown on opposition demonstrations and the jailing of secularist and Islamist opponents.However, this contradicts the policies Mansour himself enacted, particularly the November 2013 protest law, which sharply restricted political protests.The presidency alone has now hosted three dialogue sessions with youth activists, the first of which was on Dec. 19 and the most recent on Jan. 21 to discuss the factors influencing youth dissatisfaction with the military-backed regime, and to try to persuade activists not to join marches commemorating the third anniversary of the January 25 revolution. The military-backed regime in Egypt was committing the same mistake of previous regimes in not making more than a superficial effort to listen to youth activists.As Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the former defense minister and de facto ruler of Egypt, is likely to formally assume the presidency, youth protesters will likely remain disgruntled and outside the political process, while the threat grows that demonstrations will explode again and escalate the conflict between youth and the state.
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