Calgary Herald



CAIRO Egypt’s president urged citizens to defend the state and its institutio­ns from the “forces of evil” on Sunday, a day before planned demonstrat­ions against his policies, including the transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi insisted on the need for stability in the Arab world’s most populous country, saying that attempts to degrade it “won’t be successful” if Egypt stands united.

“We must protect these institutio­ns because these mean the state,” he said. “I am reiteratin­g to the Egyptian people this is the responsibi­lity of all of us, for us to protect this security and stability.”

Earlier this month, thousands marched against el-Sissi’s policies in the largest demonstrat­ions since he assumed office in 2014.

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