Sisi says won’t cling to power if Egyptians call for change

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi gives a speech at the end of the Egypt economic development conference at the congress hall in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on March 15, 2015. (AFP)

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al Sisi said Sunday he would not wait around if Egyptians demanded new change in leadership in the country.

“Egyptians are able to make changes … If the Egyptian people wanted to change [their leader] again they will but I will not wait for that moment,” Sisi said during the closing ceremony of “Egypt: The Future,” an economic summit dedicated to Egypt’s redevelopment that was held in Sharm el-Sheikh.

In his speech, Sisi said Egypt needed between $200 billion to $300 billion for economic development.

He also stressed the need to implement economic projects in Egypt in a timely manner.

Speaking about the outcome of the summit, Sisi said that several agreements had been signed on electricity generation in Egypt.

He also said that: “We [Egyptians] wish to create new governorates in Egypt.”

During the speech, the Egyptian leader also thanked late Saudi King Abdullah “who had called for this conference” and said that these kinds of ideas last “years and years.”

The president also thanked “those who stand alongside Egypt.”

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