At a Cairo youth summit, president says the Egyptian army has been ‘defamed’ but does not directly address corruption claims against himself.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says allegations of corruption against him and his army generals amount to defamation.
An Egyptian businessman who worked as a military contractor for 15 years, has posted videos online accusing el-Sisi of wasting millions of dollars of public money on palaces, villas, and hotels.
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Many Egyptians have been watching the videos posted by Mohammed Ali, the businessman who has been releasing the footage from Spain, where he is in self-imposed exile.
At a Cairo youth summit, the president said the Egyptian army had been “defamed” but did not directly address corruption claims against himself.
Mohamad el-Masry, a professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, said: “The reality on the ground is that many Egyptians … they’re starting to have doubts.”
“Even el-Sisi’s supporters are starting to have doubts about his integrity as a leader, and about the military’s integrity,” he added.
Al Jazeera’s Victoria Gatenby reports.