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This image released by Egypt's official Middle East News Agency (MENA) shows President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi as he is saluted by a female cadet at a military graduation in Cairo, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. President el-Sissi said Tuesday he will not interfere in court rulings, rebuffing calls from the United States and other Western governments that he pardon or commute the sentences of three Al-Jazeera journalists handed heavy prison terms a day earlier.(AP Photo/MENA)

Egypt's General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi

Yahoo News

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Tuesday he will donate half of his personal wealth and half of his salary to help the country's crippling economy, the improvement of which he said requires sacrifices from all Egyptians.

El-Sissi also said he asked the government to amend a newly drafted budget — the largest in Egypt's history at $115 billion — because it had a deficit he said was unacceptable. The draft budget kept Egypt's budget deficit hovering around 12 percent.


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