President Sisi outlines Egypt's national priorities as he takes oath for third term

Amr Kandil , Tuesday 2 Apr 2024

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi outlined national priorities throughout his tenure after taking the oath for a third six-year presidential term on Tuesday.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi delivering a speech after taking the oath for a third presidential term at the new parliament headquarters in the New Administrative Capital on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Presidency Spokesperson


President El-Sisi delivered a speech during his inauguration ceremony, thanking the Egyptian people for entrusting him with another presidential term.

He outlined the objectives of national work for his new term, encompassing politics, foreign affairs, economic reforms, social protection, and urban development.

El-Sisi vowed to safeguard Egypt’s national security amid the turbulent regional and global situation.

"I pledge to Allah and you that I will remain loyal in my work, focusing solely on your interests and those of the country," he affirmed.



“I reaffirm my commitment to continuing the journey of nation-building and fulfilling the aspirations of the esteemed Egyptian people in building a modern democratic state that excels in science, industry, urban development, agriculture, literature, and arts,” El-Sisi added.

Strengthening democracy, relations with nations

El-Sisi pledged to continue strengthening well-balanced relations with all nations to allow Egypt to maintain its role in promoting global peace, security, and development.

Additionally, he vowed to deepen national dialogue and implement its recommendations to foster political and democratic participation, especially among the youth.

Ensuring economic resilience

President El-Sisi emphasized his commitment to adopting strategies that maximize Egypt's economic resources, capabilities, and resilience.

He also vowed to work on achieving powerful and sustainable economic growth and enhancing the private sector’s role as a main partner in the development process.



Moreover, the state will focus on boosting the contribution of agriculture, industry, communications and information technology, and tourism sectors to Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP), El-Sisi said.

He also highlighted the state’s commitment to increasing the agricultural and production areas to achieve food security in Egypt and attract local and foreign investments.

Egypt will prioritize local manufacturing programmes to increase exports and boost foreign currency revenues, creating millions of sustainable job opportunities, the president noted.

Furthermore, he stated that the state would embark on comprehensive institutional reforms to ensure financial discipline and achieve effective governance.

This will be made possible by rationalizing public expenditure, enhancing public revenues, and moving forward with more sustainable paths for public debt, he added.

Additionally, he emphasized that the state will work to transform Egypt into a regional hub for transportation and transit trade as well as renewable energy and green hydrogen with its derivatives.

He also revealed the objective of maximizing the Suez Canal’s economic role.

Enhancing citizens' well-being

Egypt targets maximizing the benefit from its human resources through developing its education system, El-Sisi continued.

He also clarified that the state will activate its health programmes and initiatives along with the comprehensive health insurance project to boost the citizens’ well-being.



In addition, the state will enhance social safety networks by increasing spending on social protection and boosting allocations for the support programme Takaful and Karama (Solidarity and Dignity), El-Sisi stated.

Egypt is seeking to complete the phases of the Haya Karima (Decent Life) initiative, the largest in its history, to improve people’s lives in various villages, the president added.

The state will also continue to implement its strategic plan for urban development, including establishing new fourth-generation cities, he revealed.

The president affirmed his commitment to developing major unplanned areas and the “Housing for All Egyptians” programme that targets young people and low-income families.

Spectacular celebrations

The president will start his official duties from the presidential palace in the new capital, with his third term commencing on Wednesday 3 April.

During the inauguration ceremony, military aircraft painted the sky red, white, and black – the Egyptian flag’s colours – in a captivating spectacle.



The sky harmonized with attendees waving Egyptian flags at the People's Square in the New Administrative Capital to the tunes of patriotic songs played by military bands.

Cannons also fired numerous rounds in celebration of the event.

El-Sisi reviewed the honour guard as the national anthem played at the People’s Square.

He also placed a wreath of flowers on the memorial monument and signed the guestbook.



The People's Square is located to the right of the executive branch headquarters (the Governmental District) and the left of the legislative branch (the House of Representatives and the Senate), with the presidential palace also nearby.

The square features the world’s tallest flagpole in its centre, reaching a height of 201.9m, according to the Guinness World Records.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Hanafy El-Gebaly delivered a speech in the parliament, stating that this day “marks a milestone in the New Republic.”

He emphasized the unprecedented turnout of people at the ballot boxes during the presidential elections to re-elect El-Sisi.

State officials, including Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Head of the General Intelligence Service (GIS) Abbas Kamel, and Speaker of the Senate Abdel-Wahab Abdel-Razek attended the event.

Also present were Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb, the grand imam of Al-Azhar, and Pope Tawadros II, the pope of Alexandria and patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

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