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Egypt's el-Sissi promises progress in 2 years

CAIRO (AP) -- Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the former military chief who removed Egypt's elected Islamist president and is poised to assume the post in elections this month, says he has plans to make improvements in people's living conditions within two years but will step down if they rise up against him.

El-Sissi was speaking with the Emirates-based Sky News Arabia, giving his first televised interview as a presidential candidate to foreign media. The first part of the interview was aired Sunday.

El-Sissi repeated his concern for improving security and fighting terrorism, saying police must be given the chance to combat militants and not be distracted with protests. But he said he will not wait for the army to remove him if people rise up against him.

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