CAIRO - Egyptians will rise up against military rule because of widespread human rights abuses and economic hardships, former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abol Fotouh said on Tuesday.

Egypt's political transition and its economy have stumbled since the 2011 uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

In July, army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted the country's first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi, after mass protests against his rule. A severe crackdown on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and any other opponents of the army-backed government has followed. Egypt remains unstable.

"The people will get angry again and stage a revolution to oust this repression. The Egyptian people will not accept the current situation," said Abol Fotouh, a former Brotherhood member who came fourth in the 2012 election won by Morsi. "The current repression is 10 times worse than Mubarak's time," he told Reuters in an interview.

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