The 23 July 1952 Revolution, which was led by a group of officers dubbed the Free Officers Movement, secured Egypt’s independence from British colonial rule and ended the monarchy of King Farouk.
“The glorious 23 July was a culmination of a long struggle led by the Egyptian people in defence of their right in a homeland whose head is held high,” El-Sisi said in a recorded speech on TV.
He added that the revolution managed to establish Egypt’s first republic and radically change life in the country as well as in the region.
The revolution had “inspiring contributions to the global movement of decolonisation and consolidating the right of peoples to self-determination,” the president said.
He affirmed that the “flags of freedom and independence rose above most Arab and African countries” following the revolution.
“Let our celebration today with the glorious anniversary of the July Revolution serve as a renewed impetus to work and ensure the advancement of our dear country and the realisation of the aspirations of its honourable people in a bright present and future shaded by security and stability and in which development flourishes,” El-Sisi said.
Marching towards a ‘new republic’
During the speech, El-Sisi said he is confident of the Egyptian resolve in moving toward the “new republic” of development, construction, and a change of reality.
He added that this new republic will establish a comprehensive intellectual, social and humanitarian system and will build a developed society dominated by noble human values.
“Despite the growing adverse circumstances caused by multiple unfavourable international incidents and developments, we are capable – God willing and with the determination of the people of this great nation – of overcoming them,” the president stated.
Owing to its geographical location and regional and international role, Egypt cannot isolate itself from the challenges and changes that are sweeping the world and whose implications have affected everyone, El-Sisi said.
He stressed that there is no way to overcome these challenges except through serious and continuous work, as Egypt has faced diverse challenges with economic, social, political, and security dimensions over the past years.
“We are determined – with a firm and unrelenting will – to achieve the major goals that we have set in mind and the higher goals that we shoulder to advance our dear country and change its reality for the better,” El-Sisi said.
El-Sisi highlighted the successive achievements in Egypt over recent years, especially in the areas of infrastructure, new urban communities, energy, and industry localisation.
He affirmed that these achievements have become a “testament to the strength of the Egyptian will to [achieve] progress, build a better future, and form a strong and solid national economy.”
“Had it not been for the state’s efforts in the field of economic reform… and the giant development projects throughout the country, it would never have been possible to withstand these severe crises that have swept the world for three years,” the president stressed.
Salute to Revolution’s heroes
On this occasion, the president saluted “those heroes who came forward to lead the revolution and took their life into their hands to create a new dawn for their homeland,” El-Sisi said.
Late presidents Gamal Abdel-Nasser, Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat, and Mohamed Naguib are at the top of those heroes, the president affirmed.
“The history of your armed forces, as you have always known, will stay full of national heroism and achievements including the glorious July Revolution, whose banner was carried by the armed forces,” El-Sisi said.
The president affirmed that the revolution has restored the homeland's pride and citizens’ dignity and served as a “model for the relationship between the people and its army that has been characterised over long decades by cohesion and deep mutual trust.”
“This is a unique relationship between the great and proud Egyptian people and an army constituting a model of the national institution that is aware of its mission, performs it to the fullest, and does not deviate from it,” El-Sisi affirmed.