Friday, October 24, 2014   

Egypt el-Sissi apologizes to sexual attack victim
(06-11 20:07)

Bearing red flowers, Egypt's newly sworn-in president on apologized in person to a woman who was sexually assaulted by a mob during weekend celebrations marking his inauguration.
State television showed a visibly moved Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi visiting the woman in a Cairo hospital.
''I have come to tell you and every Egyptian woman that I am sorry. I am apologizing to every Egyptian woman,'' el-Sissi, a former military chief who ousted the country's first elected president nearly a year ago, said as he stood by the woman's bed.
''Don't be upset,'' he told her.
Several women were assaulted during Sunday's inaugural festivities in Cairo's central Tahrir square. The attacks were a grim reminder of one of Egyptian society's darkest sides and coincided with el-Sissi starring in carefully choreographed ceremonies held at two of the capital's most opulent presidential palaces and attended by hundreds of local and foreign dignitaries.
El-Sissi said it was unacceptable for sexual assaults to take place in Egypt and vowed to take ''very decisive measures'' to combat the crime.--AP


   
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