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Trump met with Egypt's President el-Sisi at the annual UN General Assembly [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

Is Egypt heading towards another revolution?

Protests erupt in Egypt calling for the resignation of Sisi

The streets of Egypt have erupted into a state of unrest as thousands of protesters have taken to the streets across several cities in Egypt, in a rare show of dissent against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Gathering in Cairo’s Tahrir Square late on Friday, the demonstrators chanted slogans such as “the people demand the fall of the regime” and “leave Sisi”, echoing the chants that rang out in the same place more than eight years ago and which brought down longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt’s 2011 revolution. Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi. But discontent over rising prices has been swelling in Egypt, where Sisi’s government has imposed strict austerity measures since 2016 as part of a $12-billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund. Nearly one in three Egyptians live below the poverty line on less than $1.40 a day, according to official figures released in July. However this discontent alone never sparked such protests, and it took the speaking out of several famous business-men and political figures against Sisi to bring the protests about.

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