Mohamed Ali who said he worked with the army for 15 years, has accused the Egyptian president of corruption [Screengrab/Al Jazeera]

Thousands of Egyptians rallied in cities across Egypt on Friday calling for the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The rare display of public dissent came after a call for protests by Mohamed Ali, a building contractor and actor who has accused the president and the military of corruption.

Before fleeing to Spain where he now lives in self-imposed exile, Ali worked as a military contractor for 15 years.

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He has said his work gave him a close look at the way funds have been handled. 

In a series of videos posted online, Ali has accused el-Sisi and the army of wasting millions of dollars of public

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