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The President Of Egypt Actually Drove A Motorcade Down A Red Carpet

"Mr. President! Mr. President! Who are you driving?"

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In the two and a half years since he rose to the presidency following a military coup, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has developed a bit of a reputation for opulent projects.

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Gamal Eid, an Egyptian lawyer, took the time to calculate about how much such a luxury ride would cost: "4,000-by-eight meters of red carpet equals to 32,000 square meters. [That] by 50 Egyptian pounds equals to 1.6m Egyptian pounds" or about $190,000.

1- أربعة كيلو متر من السجاد الاحمر = 4000مترxحوالي 8متر= 32000 متر xحوالي 50جنيه = مليون و600 ألف جنيه ، تقريبا. 2- محاكمة طفل سرق 5 أرغفة.

But according to the military, the Sisi administration didn't actually buy the carpet. Spokesman Brigadier General Ehab el-Ahwagy told several talk shows that it's been in use for three years.

"It gives a kind of joy and assurance to the Egyptian citizen that our people and our land and our armed forces are always capable of organizing anything in a proper manner," el-Ahwagy told prominent TV talk show host Amr Adeeb, the AP reports.

Meanwhile, according to a 2014 report from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), approximately 26.3% of Egyptians live below the national poverty line and the unemployment rate is at 13.2%. But red carpets are cool, too.

Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Hayes Brown at hayes.brown@buzzfeed.com.

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