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Jun 4, 2014 10:10 AM by Associated Press

Egypt's outgoing interim president bids farewell

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's outgoing interim president says the public must rise to its responsibilities in the face of enormous challenges in a country that has been scarred by violence, a dilapidated economy, political confusion and international conspiracies threatening its identity and territorial integrity.

In his farewell address Wednesday, Adly Mansour - nearly in tears at times - listed the woes facing Egypt when he took office nearly a year ago. He said it is "in better shape" after the passing of a constitution and now presidential elections, which ex-army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won.

But he said for Egypt to regain strength, its people should distance themselves from "personal interests, group demands or party inclinations."

The speech mirrored el-Sissi's campaign theme that Egyptians must put end turmoil to allow the nation's reconstruction.

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