Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah El Sisi has announced his candidacy for a new presidential term and urged Egyptians all to take part in the democratic process of electing their president.
The president made the announcement in a speech he delivered last night at the conclusion of a three-day “Story of the Homeland…Vision and Achievement” conference that kick-started in the New Administrative Capital on Saturday.
“I invite all Egyptians to participate in this democratic scene to choose, with their national conscience and impartiality, the one who is fit,” the president said, adding: “This is my genuine call and this is the Egyptians’ will, which I respect, work with and work for.”
“The plant of hope blossoms with work, honesty in words and impartiality in action. This is the way to attain the dream together” the President said.
“As I have heeded the call of the Egyptians before, today, I answer their call again. I have decided to nominate myself to complete the dream in a new presidential term,” President Sisi said.
“I promise you, God willing, it will be a continuation of our joint efforts for the benefit of Egypt and its people,” President Sisi said.
President Sisi expressed gratification over seeing several citizens announcing they are running for presidential elections. “As an Egyptian citizen, before being a president, I was overjoyed by this diversity of candidates, who took the initiative to assume the responsibility. I have the highest appreciation and respect for all of them.” he added.
He stressed that difference is an indisputable fact and diversity is true richness, testifying for the fertility of our nation and its resilience to survive.
“I tell you the truth: I have exerted efforts and kept my promise as much as I could. I devoted myself to the homeland, with genuine work and intentions,” President Sisi said.
“I tell you honestly, as I have always been with you, that when I heeded the call of the Egyptians and assumed the responsibility they entrusted me, I did not have the treasures of the earth or rosy promises. I only had my faith in Egypt, my bias toward your will and my sincere work and devotion, carrying with me the honour of the Egyptian military, which is enough for me as a medal on my chest,” President Sisi said.
“I encountered challenges and crises with you; and together we crossed the bridges of hope. Today, as we are approaching the electoral entitlement for taking-on the task of managing the Egyptian State, and as I have promised you for ten years, I don’t initiate except by the call of the Egyptians, whom I call upon sincerely to make these elections a genuine start for a vibrant political life, that embraces diversity, variety and differences, without transgression or harm,” the president said.
“I have complete faith in our nation and that it fears nothing, will not be broken and will not fall, but rather will rise above the challenges,” President Sisi said.