Egypt's Sisi says country will take 2 years to "get back on its feet"

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Apr 2015

The president also said that citizens should help the government to combat terrorism

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Monday said that the country would take two years to "get back on its feet", during Labour Day celebrations at Cairo's Police Academy.

Egyptians should tell families, colleagues and neighbours to be patient and give the government two years to show positive results, he said.

The president added that every citizen should help the government to combat terrorism.

He said that efforts were ongoing to set minimum and maximum wages in Egypt.

El-Sisi also stated that parliamentary elections would not take place before the holy month of Ramadan, which ends in mid-July.

On 1 March, Egypt's High Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s Elections Constituency Division Law was unconstitutional, thus postponing the polls previously set to begin on 21 March.

The president holds legislative powers until an elected parliament convenes.

During the Labour Day event, the Egyptian Trade Union Federation presented El-Sisi with a workers' "code of conduct", which carried the motto "no to strikes, yes to work and to production."

"These syndicates respect the law and are completely aware that workers' interests are achieved only through stability and social peace," reads the code of conduct, a copy of which was acquired by the Ahram Arabic news website.

Monday’s event was also attended by Egypt's former interim president Adly Mansour, prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab, labour minister Nahed El-Ashry, and the head of the workers' union Gebaly El-Maraghy.

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