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Egypt Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi

Egypt Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi

Egypt’s Defense Minister General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi has warned that the current political crisis in the country could lead to the state’s collapse. Failing to resolve the crisis rocking the African country "could lead to grave repercussions if the political forces do not act" to handle it, Sissi, who is also a military chief, said on Tuesday in a post on his Facebook page. "The continuing conflict between political forces and their differences concerning the management of the country could lead to a collapse of the state and threaten future generations," he also said. The minister also warned that the political, economic, security, and social problems constitute "a threat to the country's security and stability.” "The attempts to undermine the stability of state institutions is a dangerous thing that harms national security and the future of the country," Sissi said. However, he stated that the army would “remain a pillar of the state's foundations." Ongoing violence in several Egyptian cities, including Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, and Port Said, has left 52 people dead since January 25 when the country marked the second anniversary of the revolution that ousted former dictator Hosni Mubarak. On Sunday, President Mohamed Morsi declared a state of emergency in Port Said, Suez, and Ismailia following deadly clashes in the cities. The deadliest clashes took place in Port Said. Chaos erupted when a court issued death sentences for 21 people for their role in a massacre that saw the death of 74 people following a football match in the city last year. SAB/HN
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