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El-Sisi talks Marshall plan, negotiations with Ethiopia, possible pardon of some prisoners

Ahram Online, Tuesday 20 May 2014
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Presidential Candidate Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo courtesy of El-Sisi official campaign)
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Former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi answered questions about political prisoners, the Ethiopian dam and other issues in the second half of his third pre-election interview on Monday.

Three anchors from the privately owned TV stations Al-Nahar, Dream and Al-Hayat fielded questions at the frontrunner for two hours.

When asked if he would release those jailed for breaking the controversial protest law, El-Sisi said: "I will do anything that will help promote stability and social justice."

He emphasised that he was not speaking about the Muslim Brotherhood.

The former army chief spoke of a "Marshall" plan in the works for Egypt, similar to the US sponsored plan that rebuild Europe in the aftermath of World War II.

El-Sisi said education and health would be at the top of his agenda if he was elected president.

I do not make promises that cannot fulfill, he asserted.

"I hope Egyptians will start to feel some changes within two years [if I am elected president]."

He said he would try to control inflation in order to help poor and middle class people.

He highlighted the "heroic" role of former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in the October War of 1973 and the subsequent peace treaty with Israel.

Regarding the Renaissance Dam, El-Sisi called for further negotiations.

The negative effects of the dam must be communicated with clarity to the Ethiopian government, he added.  

Regarding slums, El-Sisi said he would improve them by installing electricity and sewage facilities, and repairing roads.  

El-Sisi rejected the notion that he represents former president Hosni Mubarak and that he is trying to restore the pre-January revolution regime.

Such rumours should not exist, El-Sisi declared, and there should be no room for such fallacies.

He said he had always been impressed by Egyptians' political awareness.

"The 25 January and 30 June revolutions, and the authority Egyptians have given me, shows they are aware of the dangers Egypt is facing."

El-Sisi stressed the crucial role of the media. He said it had always tried to raise the awareness of citizens and he needed it to continue doing this.

Regarding Egypt's relationship with the US, he said he would deal with all foreign countries in the same way.

When told the US government would pressure the new president to include the Muslim Brotherhood in the political process, he said it would first have to convince the Egyptian people.   

Speaking about the Salafist Nour Party, El-Sisi said they would help to build a prosperous Egypt.

He then highlighted the role of Christians in society. He stressed that he was aware of sectarianism, and Egyptians should unite against it.

Egyptians will vote for a new president on 26-27 May.

El-Sisi's only challenger is Nasserist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, who finished third in the 2012 poll, which was won by Mohamed Morsi.

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Izadin
21-05-2014 08:11pm
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wasted revolution
So many died to remove one military dictator only to give the throne to another military dictator. Pure madness!
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Ahmed M Ibrahim
21-05-2014 10:06am
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A New Leader.
Mr.Sisi appears to have very concrete plans for the development and welfare of Egypt. Already he has initiated a housing plan on a massive scale which would solve much of the housing shortages. Other plans will soon materialize to make the people happy, which should be the aim of any government. Nile waters dispute should be solved to the satisfaction of all concerned including Ethiopia. Only a popular and strong leader could achieve all this and Egyptians have to take a right decision in this regard.
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Khaled
20-05-2014 09:46pm
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Real Agenda & Marshal plan
CC has only one marshal plan and one agenda that is " To Rule Egypt.This was his dream when he born.There's nothing else in his plan or agenda.The first thing that he did before officially (although he's defecto president) become president, he asked this puppet to increase his Salary.
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Farhan
20-05-2014 08:28pm
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Al-Sisi can negotiate with Ethiopia but he can not negotiate with his own opposition parties
Because outsiders won't tolerate his bully nature. He can only kill unarmed people in Egypt.
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KX
20-05-2014 06:41pm
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El-Sisi called for further negotiations with Ethiopia
I do agree with the Presidential Candidate G. El SiSi. This is the way forward. The positive and negative effects of the dam must be communicated with clarity to the Egyptian people and government too. International panel of experts have concluded the dam have not significant negative impact to Egypt. Other technical matters of course can be addressed by joint tripartite team. Misrepresentation of facts must stop. Thank You
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John
20-05-2014 01:22pm
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Why 2 years???
"I hope Egyptians will start to feel some changes within two years [if I am elected president] WHY GIVE HIM TWO YEARS WHEN MORSI WAS NOT GIVEN EVEN AN UNINTERUUPED ONE YEAR. HOW CAN THIS HYPOCRITE sisi ASK FOR TWO YEARS WHEN HE OVERTHREW MORSI AFTER JUST ONE YEAR!!! HE DOESN'T DESERVE TO BE GIVEN TWO YEARS...
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Farhan
20-05-2014 06:41pm
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People will only give up when terrorist Sisi is dead
He has blood of thousands of people in his hands.
Ostasia
20-05-2014 06:36pm
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Economic recovery takes time
Because he's being realistic, in any country to tackle economic and various other issues, and there are many in Egypt, it takes time for the implemented changes to show results. Morsi has not even implemented anything in his 1 year, to the contrary, the country was going further down in all aspects, including diving the population. It was a dangerous to keep Morsi and the Islamists in power just a day longer!
Masry
20-05-2014 02:47pm
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Poor sheep
You poor sheep you just don't give up. You just keep repeating the lies your leaders tell you. El Sisi didn't overthrow the ikhwan the Egyptian people did. When the Egyptian people saw what was happening in Sinai when the Egyptian people saw terrorists released from prison when the Egyptian people saw gam3a islamiya terrorists appointed governors when the Egyptian people saw a constitution shoved down their throats when the Egyptian people saw protesters murdered and tortured by Ikhwani thugs when the Egyptian people saw that comedy show in the stadium supporting terrorist in Syria the Egyptian people said enough leave now. El Sisi simply followed his orders given by the Egyptian people.
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