Sisi asks for public support after mother’s death

The Egyptian presidency says President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi mother has died and urges Egyptians to support public projects instead of paying for notices offering condolences on her passing.

Monday's statement didn't say how old Sisi’s mother, Soad Ibrahim, was or give the cause of death.

The 60-year-old Egyptian president has often referred to his mother in interviews, saying she taught him “impartiality.”

He had recently alluded in public to her being unwell.

Sisi had also said she was the first person he went to see after, as military chief, he ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013.

The statement asked that instead of spending money on newspaper notices and publications of condolences, citizens instead donate to a public fund that Sisi created to finance projects to revive the country's economy.

Last Update: 06:49 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49