Egypt's Sisi weighs in on sexual harassment

2014-06-10 13:22
Egypt's ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives his first television interview since announcing his candidacy in. (STR, AFP)

Egypt's ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives his first television interview since announcing his candidacy in. (STR, AFP)

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Cairo - Egypt's new president has weighed in on one of the nation's most troubling social ills, ordering his interior minister to do whatever it takes to combat sexual harassment.

A presidential spokesperson says Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi also called for the decisive implementation of a new law that punishes convicted harassers with up to five years in prison.

A string of sexual assaults on women during celebrations marking al-Sisi's inauguration on Sunday, including a mass attack on a mother and her teenage daughter, marred the occasion and sparked outrage.

The spokesperson, Ehab Badawi, said on Tuesday that el-Sisi also instructed Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim to honor a policeman who came to the teenager's rescue.

The nation's chief prosecutor, meanwhile, ordered three men arrested in connection with sexual assaults Sunday immediately put on trial.
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