CAIRO: During a Sunday meeting with members of the National Council for Women, presidential hopeful Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said the Egyptian people cannot be controlled by anyone, reported Youm7.
When asked about the possibility of the return of former regime members to political life, Sisi said, “there will be no steps back and the Egyptian people, who made two great revolutions, cannot be controlled by anybody especially after the country’s significant improvement in political life over the past two years.”
“Whoever Egypt’s next president is, nobody can return Egypt to its state prior to the January 25 Revolution,” said Sisi, Youm7 reported.
Sisi emphasized that totalitarian ruling has no place in Egypt’s future and the country will not be run in an un-democratic way.
Sisi met with council members to primarily discuss issues relating to women in Egypt. The meeting was attended by Deputy Head Mohamed Nour Farahat, Ambassador Mona Omar and Deputy Secretary General Margret Azer.
Sisi said that Egyptian women are appreciated and nobody can deny the role they play in society.
Egypt’s presidential elections will be held on May 26 and 27. Besides Sisi, Popular Current leader Hamdeen Sabbahi, lawyer Mansour Mortada, and broadcaster Bothaina Kamel have announced their intentions to run for president.
Additional reporting by Alaa Essam.