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El-Sisi says will donate 50% of his salary and wealth to Egypt's economy
El-Sisi also said he will not comment on the Al Jazeera verdicts - which drew loud international criticism on Monday - nor interfere in the decisions of the judiciary
Ahram Online, Tuesday 24 Jun 2014
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Egypt president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
Egypt president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: AP)

Egypt's recently appointed President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Tuesday he will donate half of his monthly salary and half of his wealth in support of the Egyptian economy.

In a speech delivered during the commencement ceremony at the Military Academy and aired on Egyptian television, El-Sisi said he will give up half of his monthly LE42,000 salary to assist Egypt through its economic challenges.

El-Sisi also said he has refused to ratify the 2014-2015 state budget which, in its present form, would raise the total domestic debt to over LE2 trillion.

The current domestic debt stands at LE1.7 trillion. 

He urged Egyptians to embrace real sacrifices for their country and to put aside sectoral demands.

"I say this to each and every Egyptian: you must help me," El-Sisi asserted, "This is a time of solidarity, a time to prioritise the nation."

El-Sisi was appointed president earlier in June, after securing more than 96 percent of the Egyptians' vote. He has regularly mentioned the country's troubled economy necessitating austerity measures and the rationalisation of consumption.

Commenting on the controversial Monday court verdicts sentencing three Al Jazeera journalists to 7-10 years in jail, El-Sisi said he will not interfere in the decisions of the judiciary.

"There were a lot of discussions about a verdict [on Monday]. I spoke to the minister of justice and agreed that we will not interfere," he affirmed.

Monday's verdict in the Al Jazeera case, which sentenced foreign and Egyptian journalists to jail, drew sharp local and international criticism. England, Australia and the Netherlands each summoned the Egyptian ambassador on their grounds to express concerns regarding the case and the status of freedom of speech in Egypt.

The Egyptian foreign ministry, however, said it does not accept interference in its internal affairs.

"The judiciary is an independent and honourable institution...if we really want [Egypt] to be a state [run by] institutions, we should refrain [from interfering], even if others do not understand the verdicts," El-Sisi said.





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Farag
25-06-2014 09:54am
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What is the genuine prupose
I do appreciate this decision from Mr.Sisi but at the same time I wonder what behind this decision, is it a start of his austerity plan which will be imposd on the poor Egyptian people who were suffered in all ages, and also we need to know how much his heritage to evalute his sacrifies.
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lol
25-06-2014 12:10am
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lol
Al Ahram...everybody knows that the like and dislike votes in this comment section are faked. Lol
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Werner Gessner
24-06-2014 10:32pm
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a good gesture
El-Sisi says will donate 50% of his salary and wealth to Egypt's economy,lets hope his cabinet,business men will follow his lead...
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Bubbly
24-06-2014 09:15pm
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A joke with nation
CC installed Mansoor as president and in return,he awared CC with every thing even promoted him Field Marachall without fighting in any battle.Then Mansoor increased the Presdient's salary just before the elections.Then Mansoor did every thing for CC to become president and now CC is dontating same salary back to govt that was increased by Mansoor.What a joke with this nation by the Coup master.
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I don't believe Sisi
24-06-2014 07:15pm
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SINCERE MUSLIMS DON'T ANNOUNCE THEIR CHARITY!
Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him`) reported a hadith that there are three types of people who will be judged first but because of their insincerity and wanting to show off they will go to hell...the first is the insincere martyr, the second the insincere reciter of Qur'an and "... (The other) will be a man whom Allah had made rich and to whom He had given all kinds of wealth. He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His Favors and he will recognize them. (The Almighty) will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: l have left no path in which. You like money to be spent without spending in it for your sake. He will say: You have lied - you did but do so that it might be said (of you): He is generous. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to he dragged on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire. " recorded by Muslim
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Farida
25-06-2014 10:42am
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Dear pseudo-Muslims,
President Sisi is setting an example for others to follow and is being transparent, a pillar of democracy I do not blame you for not knowing since your Morsi exhibited none. With that being said, your old and tried strategy of throwing religion in anyone's face to make a less of a Muslim out of him is laughable. Quit it, return back to your jobs and build your country; if you're good enough one day, you will rule.
Farida
25-06-2014 10:42am
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Dear pseudo-Muslims,
President Sisi is setting an example for others to follow and is being transparent, a pillar of democracy I do not blame you for not knowing since your Morsi exhibited none. With that being said, your old and tried strategy of throwing religion in anyone's face to make a less of a Muslim out of him is laughable. Quit it, return back to your jobs and build your country; if you're good enough one day, you will rule.
Egyptian, Original
25-06-2014 03:37am
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Sisi all the way.
It is possible that many Egyptians do not know the EXACT extent to which our economy needs help. It is possible that Sisi's intention in making his action public is only to help find more donations. He could also be trying to set an example for future presidents.
Egyptian, Original
25-06-2014 03:37am
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Sisi all the way.
It is possible that many Egyptians do not know the EXACT extent to which our economy needs help. It is possible that Sisi's intention in making his action public is only to help find more donations. He could also be trying to set an example for future presidents.
Egyptian
24-06-2014 08:36pm
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Morsi was better than Sisi!
Morsi gave 100% of his salary when he was president and he NEVER announced it to anyone! His charity was discovered by accident after the coup! Morsi was sincere. Sisi is a show off! Showing off in Islam is called riyyah and is a form of minor shirk!
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medo
24-06-2014 08:36pm
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@the fanatic
He has said what he is doing as a way of making other Egyptians do the same... Instead of critisizing him, why not ask yourself WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR EGYPT??? Nothing i guess other come on here quoting religion. He has done more in the days he has been a president than your criminal Morsi ever did
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Amal Aly, Helwan
24-06-2014 06:04pm
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Disagree
It is unnecessary good gesture Mr. President. How can you afford fixing your bicycle flat tire? :-)
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Woyesa Wordofa
24-06-2014 04:14pm
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WE AVE NO CONVICTION AS DECISION IS NEUTRAL FROM COUP
We have no conviction as the Egypt court neutral from the present coup on this imprisoning decision on journalists
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