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Tight security highlights Egypt's January 25 revolution anniversary celebrations.

By Rageb Shawuqi CAIRO, Jan 24 (KUNA) -- As most Egyptians are gearing up to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the January 25th resolution, which coincides with the 64th Police Day, the Interior Ministry and armed forces both affirmed that they would provide security to ensure the safety of the people. The military and the police both released statements reflecting a strong desire to protect the people from some elements eager to foil the celebrations. Similarly, Egyptian Minister of Awqaf Dr. Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa said that any group planning to sabotage the celebrations are committing a serious crime against their fellow Egyptians, stressing that Islamic teachings forbade harming innocent people under any circumstances. In an effort to promote the celebrations, the Foreign Ministry launched a campaign last Wednesday which focused on the various positive developments that took place in the country since the revolution in 2011 - an act which led to the ousting of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak after an 18-day stand-off. Furthermore, Egyptian President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi recently issued a decree to reduce a number of prison sentences in celebration of the January 25th revolution. After the resolution in 2011, Egypt held presidential elections the following year which resulted in a win for former President Mohammad Morsi. Though an election was held, the political scene in Egypt was still unstable, resulting in widespread protests which ended in the ousting of Morsi on January 30th. President Al-Sisi officially came to power after an election in May 2014. Former presidents Mubarak and Morsi, in addition to a number of aides, were put on trial on various accusations. (end) rg.gta

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Date:Jan 24, 2016
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