Egypt's El-Sissi Says Protest Rights Secondary to Stability

January 20, 2015 2:51 PM

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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Tuesday that those questioning his government about human rights and freedom of expression are ignoring the fact that his country of 90 million lacks development, investment and desperately needed stability.

Speaking during celebrations of national Police Day Tuesday, el-Sissi said he respects human rights but that his country — with a massive segment of Egyptians living in poverty — is facing exceptional circumstances and some violations are inevitable.

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