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Egypt leader berates ‘Kiki challenge’ participants in jest

/ 07:45 AM July 30, 2018

A picture taken on January 18, 2018, shows a billboard in a street in central Cairo’s Ramses district, bearing the image of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. AFP

CAIRO, Egypt — Egypt’s president has laughingly berated Egyptians participating in an online dance challenge in response to the so-called “Kiki challenge” to a song by Canadian singer Drake.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s light-hearted mention Sunday of the dance challenge contrasts with a report last week by Egypt’s official news agency warning that penalties awaited participants in the challenge for endangering lives and violating public decency and traffic laws.

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“You keep riding cars and doing Kiki,” el-Sissi said as he uncontrollably laughed. Turning to the oil minister, he jokingly said: “Raise the price of petrol without a worry.” El-Sissi’s government has hiked fuel prices three times since 2016.

The challenge unleashed a social media buzz, with video postings of film stars and sports celebrities dancing alongside slow moving cars going viral. /cbb

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