Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says a law is being drafted to criminalize insulting the uprisings that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and his Islamist successor Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

Criminalizing insulting the uprisings would help appease both sides of a widening rift over whether the two popular movements expressed the genuine will of Egyptians. The dispute was further stoked by a judge's dismissal last weekend of a murder case against Mubarak over the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising.

News of the draft law broke late Tuesday when the presidential palace released comments by el-Sissi to a group of young media workers.

El-Sissi, who led the military ouster of Morsi in July 2013, wields legislative authority since Egypt's last elected parliament was dissolved by a 2012 court ruling.