Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is urging citizens to endure his austerity measures, including a recent wave of steep price hikes on fuel, electricity and drinking water.
Saturday's address by al-Sisi comes on the fifth anniversary of June 30 mass protests that brought him to power, after the yearlong rule of an elected Islamist president proved divisive.
His reforms programme began after al-Sisi took office in 2014, hitting poor and middle-class Egyptians especially hard and fanning popular discontent.
During the speech, al-Sisi acknowledged the reforms were "difficult and cruel" but maintained that "the suffering from the lack of reform is much worse."
Al-Sisi said his programme will spur economic growth by over seven percent in the coming years.
"This will change the reality of life in all of Egypt," he added.
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