Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Essam Sharaf believes that fighting corruption in the country will take time as it has been deep-rooted for so long.
Sharaf, who will remain Egypt’s premier until the upcoming presidential elections, reiterated the demands of the January 25 Revolution during the international forum “The Directions of the Democratic Transformation, International Experiences and Learned Lessons” in Cairo.
“Freedom, democracy and social justice; these are the three main demands of the January 25 Revolution that every Egyptian is looking forward to,” he told the forum organised by the UNDP.
“Egypt is now witnessing the beginning of the democratic transformation and will bear the ensuing difficulties and obstacles.
“We know that all Egyptians, including us, are waiting for fast, consecutive and conclusive changes.
“But we also know that the changes we are looking for, that the revolution has called for, are radical ones.
“It is not just the change of banners and faces, because we are not after shallow changes, but we are seeking to clean up institutions riddled with established corruption.
“Unfortunately, corruption has become part of our culture and is commonplace [in Egypt],” Sharaf added.