Presidential elections an ‘opportunity for change’: Sisi

Ahram Online , Saturday 30 Sep 2023

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday pointed to the achievements of the past decade, adding that those who disagree can affect change in the upcoming presidential elections.



The president made his remarks while speaking at the Story of the Homeland conference, which is taking place in the New Administrative Capital between 30 September and 2 October.

"This is what has been accomplished, and you have the opportunity for change in the upcoming elections,” he said.

“Ultimately, it is all in God's hands," he added.

However, the president also criticized what he referred to as “false narratives” that had generated skepticism about the state's achievements, emphasizing that nations are constructed "through development and reform, not through destruction, defamation, skepticism, or injustice."

"When we claim that a responsible individual is deficient, corrupt, or ill-conceived, we do them an injustice and tarnish their efforts," he further added.

His comments came just five days before presidential candidates can register to run, with the National Election Authority (NEA) accepting submissions 5-14 October.

While El-Sisi has not officially declared his candidacy, there is widespread anticipation that he will seek a third term.

The presidential election process is set to take place between 5 October and 18 December in case of no run-offs, according to Egypt's National Election Authority.

Seven political figures have revealed their plans to compete in the upcoming elections.

During his speech, El-Sisi also underscored the importance of progress and development, urging citizens not to shy away from these goals, even if it means enduring hunger and deprivation.

"If the price of development and prosperity for the nation means we do not eat or drink, we will do it," he affirmed.

He encouraged Egyptians to envision a future that transcends immediate needs and aspirations, stating, "your dreams must be even greater than this; do not let your dream be merely a meal."

El-Sisi pointed out that the development happened even as the state was waging counter-terrorism operations.

He highlighted the inauguration of the New Suez Canal in 2015, which was built despite the prevalence of "false narratives, defamation, and rumours that cast doubt on every action and initiative."

He pointed out that the revenue generated from the Suez Canal is anticipated to reach $10.5 billion by the end of the year, nearly twice the revenue before 2015.

The revenue is expected to increase to $12.5 billion by the end of fiscal year 2024/2025, he added.

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