Sisi: there is no ‘going back’ for Egypt

Egypt’s former military chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, vowed that the country will not go backwards but will move forward. (File photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s former military chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, vowed on Thursday that the country would not go backwards but move forward after the initial results of the presidential election see him winning by a landslide.

“We know that some people fear a return to the past, but this will not happen, there is no going back and we will move forward,” Sisi said responding to a question about the fears of a return to the situation before the Jan. 25 revolution, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper Aljarida.

“The population has ambitions and there are humble people who need us to work and fight for them,” he added.

"We will please Egyptians through actions and not through words," he added.

The former field marshal added that he is waiting for the final results of the presidential elections to start his new job role immediately.

Egyptian ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has reportedly won a crushing victory over his sole opponent, Hamdeen Sabahi, with more than 92 percent of the votes counted so far, provisional results showed on Thursday.

According to Sisi’s campaign, the former military chief has won 23.38 million votes, with Left-wing politician Sabahi taking 735,285. Invalid votes counted for 1.07 million, or nearly 350,000 more than the number of votes for Sabahi.

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