Egypt army chief Sisi says economic situation is very difficult

Egypt's Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seen during a news conference in Cairo May 22, 2013. Picture taken May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

CAIRO (Reuters) - Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to become Egypt's next president, said on Thursday the country's economic situation is grave.

"Sincerely speaking, our economic situation is very difficult," said Sisi speaking at military convention. Egypt's economy has been badly hit after three years of political turmoil that followed a popular uprising in 2011.