Sisi warns Egypt students against ‘malicious’ acts

Student protesters gather outside the main gate of Cairo University, Cairo. (File photo: Reuters)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi warned university students against “malicious” activities adding that universities were solely reserved for education, al-Ahram Online news website reported on Sunday.

Sisi made these remarks in a speech during a ceremony at Cairo University honoring 27 top students from universities nationwide. The warning came after the proposal of a controversial draft law allowing the arbitrary firing of faculty members, a move seen as an effort by Egypt’s Ministry of Education to quell political activity on campuses.

Egypt’s universities have witnessed clashes between student supporters of deposed President Mohamad Mursi, who was ousted in the summer of 2013, and security forces.

Sisi also conceded that the Egyptian state was not able to “provide real channels of communication with its youth.”

“I want Egypt’s youth to be by my side,” he said. “I love Egypt’s youth and consider them my children.”

“I want Egypt’s youth to be by my side,” he was quoted by the state-owned al-Ahram as saying.

“I love Egypt’s youth and consider them my children,” he added.

The Egyptian president pledged that the country’s youth will play a bigger role in public life, allocating 50% of the “specialized councils” set up under the patronage of the presidency to the demographic.

Sisi said the councils will play an active role in the presidency, ministries and Egyptian governorates and called on young Egyptians to participate in national projects, like the recently launched Suez Canal project.

Citing Aswat Masriya, a news website ran by Reuters news agency, Al Ahram reported that the president promised to double the number of students on scholarship abroad.

He also announced that his speech will begin an annual tradition of speaking at the ceremony, adding that Egypt’s universities are “home for national experience that leads our society to resurgence and advancement.”

The ex-military chief also paid homage to former president Gamal Abdel-Nasser and one of the leaders of the 1952 revolution on the anniversary of his death on September 28

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45