President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi at the Ismailia event
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Tuesday said the state "accepts opposition views that aim to improve people’s lives and not aim to be opposition only for opposition’s sake."
The president’s remarks came during a ceremony to inaugurate a medical complex in Ismailia as well as a number of other hospitals and medical institutions nationwide via video.
“Yes, people have the right to express their opinion and people have the right to have an opposition,” the president said.
However, the president added, “the goal of expressing opinion and of the political opposition should be to improve people’s living conditions and lives. The goal is not "opposition for the sake of opposition."
"On human rights, they are not limited to the realm of the political," the president stressed.
El-Sisi added that the state accepts opposition “on the condition that the opposition understands what they are talking about.”
“The Egyptian state is very serious about facing its challenges, very honest and faithful about facing its challenges; this [fact] should ease the burden on the opposition,” the president noted.