Egypt's foreign affairs ministry 'celebrates 25 January revolution achievements'

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Jan 2016

'Having fair presidential elections in 2014' and 'the 2014 constitution' were among the achievements of Egypt's 25 January revolution, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Egypt's ministry of foreign affairs

As the fifth anniversary of the 25 January revolution looms, Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday a media campaign to highlight to the world the “most important accomplishments achieved by Egypt” since the 2011 revolution.

Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement that the five-day ‘Egypt Better Today’ campaign will be launched on the anniversary of the revolution.

Abu Zaid said the review of accomplishments is divided into five areas: political rights and the enhancement of citizen participation; the restoration of Egypt's regional and international role; youth empowerment; the promotion of a culture of diversity; and the path towards social justice and economic reform.

Using the hashtag #EgyptBetterToday in English and Arabic, Abu Zaid has made daily postings on his official Twitter account and the foreign ministry's Facebook page on these achievements:

1. Most progressive constitution in #Egypt history adopted in 2014 after historic voter turnout, guarantees rights

— Egypt MFA Spokesman (@MfaEgypt) January 20, 2016

2. #Egypt’s 2014 constitution establishes checks & balances in the Egyptian political system #EgyptBetterToday

— Egypt MFA Spokesman (@MfaEgypt) January 20, 2016

3. #Egypt had free/fair presidential elections w/ high turnout, solidifying legitimate institutions #EgyptBetterToday

— Egypt MFA Spokesman (@MfaEgypt) January 20, 2016

4. In 2015 #Egypt elected the most diverse parliament in its history in free/fair elections #EgyptBetterToday

— Egypt MFA Spokesman (@MfaEgypt) January 20, 2016

5. Following the Jan 25 revolution, #Egypt introduced expatriate voting in elections for first time #EgyptBetterToday

— Egypt MFA Spokesman (@MfaEgypt) January 20, 2016

The #EgyptBetterToday Arabic hashtag has attracted many opponents of the 25 January revolution, who slammed the uprising as a "conspiracy," saying that Egypt was “better” in 2011 than in 2015.

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi also joined the active Twitter hashtag, slamming president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his supporters.

The Egyptian constitution recognises the 25 January uprising that ousted president Hosni Mubarak, along with the 30 June protests that led to the ouster of Morsi in 2013, as one of the two sources of legtimacy for the post Morsi political system.

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