Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reproached police and criticised his government on Sunday, a year after he took office, with critics accusing him of allowing human rights abuses to flourish and doing little to boost jobs.
Many Egyptians support Sisi for delivering a degree of stability after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
But critics said he has returned Egypt to authoritarian rule and has not done enough to boost its battered economy, Reuters says.
Sisi, the former army chief who ousted Egypt’s first freely elected leader — Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood — in mid-2013 following mass protests against his rule, addressed the criticism on Sunday.
At an event to launch army-backed infrastructure projects, Sisi said: “I say to our sons in the police or any government agency they must be mindful that they are dealing with human beings.” His comments were reported by state news agency MENA.
Activists said the police, whose power waned as Mubarak fell, now act with impunity, a charge the Interior Ministry denied.
“I apologise to every Egyptian citizen who has been subjected to any abuse. I am accountable for anything that happens to an Egyptian citizen,” Sisi said.
But he presented no clear plan for addressing the problems.
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