Egypt’s leader serves opposition parties with stern warning

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Egypt’s president has given a thinly veiled but stern warning to opposition politicians calling for a boycott of presidential elections in March, saying he would die first before allowing anyone to mess with the country’s security.

A clearly furious Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, a general-turned-president, spoke Wednesday a day after a coalition of opposition parties and public figures called for a boycott of the March 26-28 vote, which they described as a farce.

Sisi is virtually certain of winning a second four-year term in office.

Without directly mentioning the boycott call or the March vote, Sisi said he would take “measures” against anyone who disrupts Egypt’s stability.

He says: “You seem not to know me well enough, but by God, the price of Egypt’s security is my life and the life of the army.”