Egypt’s Sisi launches initiative to build a million homes

Egypt’s population is about 85 million, with Cairo governorate home to around 8.9 million. (File photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s powerful military chief is launching a housing initiative to build a million homes for the poor, in the first campaign-style move by Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who is widely expected to run for president.

Sisi hasn’t made an official announcement yet, but has strongly indicated he would run. The elections expected in April are the first since the military ousted elected Islamist President Mohammed Mursi in July following mass protests against him.

The housing initiative was announced Sunday on the official Facebook page of Egypt’s military spokesman. It only said the million homes are dedicated to “Egypt’s youth” and are a first step to solve the country’s housing problem.

Senior generals close to Sisi have told The Associated Press he is focusing on the country’s myriad of economic problems.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41