Sisi: rising population a problem in Egypt

People walk past a poster of presidential candidate and former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at one of his campaign headquarters in central Cairo. (File photo: Reuters)

Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi described the country’s rising population as one its most pressing problems to representatives of the National Population Council (NPC), state news agency MENA reported on Thursday.

Sisi, who was Egypt’s army chief, correlated the rise in corruption with the suffering of the middle class, which he said, destroys accountability in state institutions and individuals.

“The middle class in society has suffered a great deal because of low incomes and their inability to fulfill their demands, which is what contributed to rising levels of corruption,” he said.

Combating corruption will depend on convincing people to forgo excess and that hard work and dedication are the basis of excellence, he said, adding that addressing Egypt’s problems will take time and effort.

While Sisi has yet to present his campaign platform for the elections scheduled to be held on 26-27 May, his contender, the leftist Hamdeen Sabahi, presented his electoral program in a press conference on Wednesday.

Sabahi said he would run under the slogan of “social justice, democracy and national independence,” Ahram Online reported.
Both Sisi and Sabahi have to face myriad challenges including the current security issues Egypt is facing.

After the toppling of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi in July last year, Egypt witnessed social unrest and risks to its security including blasts in the heart of its capital, Cairo.

Also, since the 2011 ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, militants have regularly targeted pipelines in the peninsula, repeatedly forcing a halt in gas supplies to Israel and Jordan.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43
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