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Egypt’s Sisi calls on women to think before getting pregnant

December 27, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi speaks during the opening ceremony of the World Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh on November 2, 2018. (Photo by PEDRO COSTA GOMES/AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptian women should “think before deciding to bring a new child in to the world”, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said yesterday.

Speaking at the opening of a mega infrastructure project in the coastal province of Alexandria, Al-Sisi said: “If you live in one room, how can you bring four kids to life? Where would they sleep? How would you look after their education?”

His comments came in response to a documentary which aired recently showing a women talking about her life as a mother of six.

“You are telling the story as if the state and I were criminal for not providing your needs,” the Egyptian leader said: “No, I swear to God you are guilty yourself.”

Egypt’s population was reported to have reached 98 million in the second half of this year while unemployment reached 11.8 per cent.

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