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Egyptian people reclaimed identity in 30 June revolution: Sisi

The president said the number of challenges facing Egypt is great and that Egyptians have to double their efforts to compensate for lost time

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 Jun 2016
Handout photo from Egyptian presidency of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during his speech commemorating the 30 June 2013 protests anniversary on Thursday
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Thursday that that the Egyptian people "regained their identity" in the 30 June 2013 protests that led to the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

In a televised speech, the president commemorated the third anniversary of the protests, adding that Egyptians' will has recently become "the driving power that determines the fate of the nation."

"[The Egyptian people] proved to the world that their will can't be oppressed and that their determination is set for a better life and a bright future for their offspring," he declared.

El-Sisi, who was elected the country's president two years ago, stated that "we are in a race with time to accomplish long-awaited achievements."

He added that during the past two years, a number of national projects have been inaugurated and the government has increased efforts to improve the life of citizens.

The number of challenges facing Egypt is great, El-Sisi stressed.

"We have to double our efforts to compensate for lost time in the past years, especially amid the economic situation the country is currently going through."

The president said "black terrorism" is attempting "to stand between Egyptians and their hopes and dreams."

He said that the threat of terrorism is a threat to all countries and nations and that it no longer distinguishes between borders and religions.

El-Sisi said that international efforts should be united in the face of terrorism in order to eradicate it.

"Long live Egypt, long live Egypt, long live Egypt," the president concluded his five-minute speech.

On 30 June three years ago, millions of citizens took to the streets to protest the rule of Morsi, who had come to power a year prior.

Morsi was removed from office on 3 July before facing trial on various charges and has been incarcerated ever since.

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30-06-2016 04:19pm
Egyptians regained identity ...
What is the identity we regained on June 30? Police state republic? government incompetence? sweeping corruption under the carpet and prosecuting the auditors? jailing journalists in larger number than ever? killing tourism? ruining the economy? There is no argument that the radical MB had to go; but what followed is the flawed police state dictatorship the 2011 revolution was meant to overcome!
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01-07-2016 08:41am
Yes, the identity lost on 25th Jan by the deep state regained on 30th June when the dictator deceived millions of Egyptions with help of judiciary and some short sighted and idiot politicians.Of course 30th June was a (counter) revolution that whiped off all the freedoms gained by Egyptian on 25th Jan.
30-06-2016 08:43pm
Yeah it's the people's fault!
I state this scarcastically however! The current "government" is running this country to the ground for their interests ONLY! They made it so if there's anybody to blame, it's the Egyptian people for not doing their part (whatever that may be) and don't shoulder any blame for themselves (army).

Sam Enslow
30-06-2016 02:26pm
Reform institutions/Introduce new ideas
The very bureaucracies/institutions that Sisi always champions need reforming if Egypt is to advance. Too many think it is 1965. The strengths of the Egyptian people, who have many talents, must to employed and encouraged. Hard work must be rewarded, accomplishments recognized. The class divide must be eliminated. One thinks the days of Pashas and Beys has returned. The people have been marginalized, left out of discussions about their futures. Too many rot in jail often without charge. Sisi has leadership skills but he must rid the government of 'dead wood.' Egyptians live their country. Make them, not just the elite, feel part if it. Slaves are not productive workers.
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