Egypt's Sisi boosts online presence

Ahram Online , Thursday 9 Jul 2015

The president’s newly launched email address has been receiving inquiries and complaints about corruption, waste of public money and inefficiency in the public sector

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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Reuters)

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's social media accounts have witnessed an increase in followers over the last few months, the presidential office said in statement on Wednesday.

El-Sisi, who also holds legislative powers until a new parliament is elected, receives complaints, requests, inquiries, proposals and praise online, the statement added.

The president’s newly launched email address has also been receiving inquiries and complaints about corruption, waste of public money and inefficiency in the public sector, Aswat Masriya reported.

The email address, which was launched in late May, aims to help Sisi address public concerns. It has also been receiving proposals and suggestions related to the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal project.

The new Suez Canal project is expected to be inaugurated in August.

The statement said there had been a 25 percent in traffic to Sisi’s Facebook Page, a 70 percent increase on Twitter and 113 percent on Instagram. The average age of users is 18-34 years old.

El-Sisi did not use social media before he became president.

For the past four months, the president's office “has been keen to increase its social media activity by dedicating social media specialists to post recent news about the president along with pictures of Sisi’s latest meetings and visits,” the statement read.

The statement said the official Facebook page had increased since May from about four million to five million members, and on Twitter from 223,000 followers to 382,000, and on Instagram from 82,000 followers in February to 175,000.

The emails received include complaints related to tax evasion, as well as individual requests for job opportunities, housing and chances to attend pilgrimage.

The presidential office has been forwarding the complaints and requests to the relevant ministries, awaiting follow-up, implementation and coordination among different ministries to “accomplish the demands of citizens,” Aswat Masriya reported.

The media office briefs the presidential office on a daily basis with all the emails received, read the statement.

The dedicated email address received 8,000 emails from citizens in the first three days after it was launched.

Egypt's parliament has been shut for three years, leaving Sisi to function as a one-man legislature. 

 

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