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President Sisi says he would not stay in office against the will of Egyptians

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Dec 2015
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Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi (Photo: AFP)
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi says he would not stay in office against the will of Egyptians, state news agency MENA reported.

The president made the comments in a speech at an event organised by Egypt's endowments ministry celebrating the birth of the Prophet Mohamed.

"I came to office by your choice and not against your will," El-Sisi said, addressing the people of Egypt.

He also questioned why some are calling for protests on 25 January, the anniversary of the 2011 uprising which ousted long-time autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

"Do you wish to destroy your country and the people? Look at the countries that I wish not to recall their names; they have been suffering for the past 30 years," says El-Sisi.

The Egyptian president said that he fears nothing and that he will not accept the destruction of Egypt.

"Destroyed nations cannot be rebuilt," he said.

A group on Facebook calling for protests on 25 January 2016 has caught the attention of many social media users.

The group has been calling for protests "against the oppression of freedom of speech, freedom of protesting, freedom of expression and freedom of the media."

The calls for protests on that day are not endorsed by the Muslim Brotherhood group – who have been organising relatively small protest during the past year – or any other politically-affiliated groups or parties, according to the description of the event, which says it aims to defend “the initial aim of the 2011 uprising.”

During last year's 25 January anniversary, the Egyptian president praised the "martyrs" who were killed during the 2011 uprising; and said that "to fulfil the demands of the revolution, bread, freedom and social justice, there must be a revolution inside us that shall push us forward in all fields."

Addressing the newly elected members of parliament, El-Sisi asked them to put aside any kind of conflict and to concentrate on the challenges currently facing the country.

He also stressed that the upcoming parliament will play a crucial role in Egyptian society, more so than other parliaments.

El-Sisi called for all parliamentarians and men of state to cooperate together while asking them to "finalise the legislative and institutional building of the Egyptian state.”

The president also stressed giving significant attention to low-income citizens, and urgedthe Egyptian cabinet to work on lowering prices in the Egyptian market, demanding that"all shops make new price reductions." 

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Sam
23-12-2015 08:02am
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Sisi is to be appriciated
Thank you Mr. sisi for leading Egypt back to the right track and saving the country form collapse. We know you need are working hard, keep going and we are all with you.
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Terrence
23-12-2015 03:30pm
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Hopelessly enslaved
All I can say is what Goethe said about slaves and freedom: "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."
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Sam
23-12-2015 07:58am
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No Freedom needed now. Only work/food/dignified living/prosperity.
Those that want "freedom". I ask, from what?. We do not want freedom to rock the boot in order to push it close to sinking?. We don't want freedom of the press if the press is not helping to build and advance Egypt.
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Terrence
23-12-2015 03:26pm
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Freedom from scrutiny and accountability is the hallmark of all despots
What they need more of now that Egypt is on the brink of bankruptcy and corruption has reached mammoth proportions is the freedom not to have to answer to anyone, the freedom to rule by decrees, the freedom to not be accountable to anyone, the freedom to run (aground) not just the executive and the legislature but also the Judiciary. Only that will ensure the rule Egypt has endured for decades.
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Al
23-12-2015 03:02am
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Better math skills ...
Perhaps the Egyptian people are much smarter than the President is giving them credit for. Despite the high levels of illiteracy they can add 1 + 1 equals 4 months of survival. When every cabinet official scrambling to get whatever hand-out they can from Saudi, and crippling loans from global banks; the Egyptian people had enough of General Wasteful, and want a real leader who has better math skills; calculating $16b of reserves = 4 months of survival or 40 jets!.
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Sherif Shehata
23-12-2015 01:27am
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Look at yourself first.
First we need to understand what is the meaning of freedom of speech, protesting, expression and the media and most important thing is how will Egypt benefit from this. Egypt and Egyptians have a lot of challenges as corruption, fair Justice, Health care, unemployment and most important thing is, how we can rebuild Egypt to have a better economy. The truth is, I have been Egypt about 2 years ago and I saw a lot of good and bad things but the most of bad things come from us, this is Example, Doctors charges are the highest in the world why? the same to Lawyers and the food street and market sellers prices are the highest in world why? Look at IKEA prices, any President can't make everything is right and no one can be in two place at once. So please before we ask about our rights we need to ask ourselves whatever we do is right. All we need to be honest and to do our jobs right. Don't cry for me Egypt, I am still your Son. God save Egypt.
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Terrence
23-12-2015 03:19pm
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Freedom to cheer for the tyrant
Freedom of speech means people have the freedom to cheer for the rulers and jeer at the downtrodden and oppressed.
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Klauslondon
22-12-2015 09:40pm
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Sisi in the footsteps of Mubarak
In defering to the power of the people Mr Sisi repeats here literally the words of Mr Mubarak in an interview with Charlie Rose in 2009 (see youtube, "CharlieRose interview Mubarak I"). Really worth viewing as there are quite astonishing, or -depending on your point of view - disturbing parallels in behavior and worldview between the two presidents.
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Sam Enslow
22-12-2015 06:19pm
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Stop trying to control things beyond control
Everyone is to reduce prices to help the poor. This has never worked and leads to shortages, corruption, and black markets. Prices are set by supply and demand. Stores have expended to stay open, including salaries. The effort needs to be directed to productive work, government with some efficiency, and allowing failed businesses to close. Positions and promotions need to be based on merit - not parenthood. It is true that Egyptians need to be productive while at work and produce income for their companies. Many complain about small salaries while not doing enough real work to justify even their low pay. At the same time, managers must manage, set goals, and be held accountable when goals are not reached. Bonuses should be based on achievement - not time served. Profit sharing plans help encourage productive work. Endless cheating or demands for tips must be stopped. These practices mean Egyptians are stealing from Egyptians, often the poor stealing from the poor.
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Tut
22-12-2015 03:30pm
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Why some are calling for protests!!
It is a surprise Sisi is surprised that MANY not some are calling for protest! Either he’s completely lied to by his advisers about what's happening in the country, or he, himself, doesn't read the news or goes out on the streets! Has he heard about the Journalists and activists thrown in jail for expressing their views? has he heard about police brutality and thuggery torturing and killing innocent civilians? has he heard about collapse of tourism, healthcare, education, and infrastructure? has he heard about the 15 million Egyptians infected with Hep-C needing billions of dollars for medicines and these billions are squandered on useless jets and subs? has he heard about rocketing inflation doubling the price of food, gas, and utilities; rendering millions more Egyptians bankrupt? Either he's living in an ivory tower or not living in the country he's bankrupting! He doesn’t need to leave; just call for fair presidential election!!
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