CAIRO: Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi said during an electoral rally in the Beheira governorate on Sunday that the upcoming elections are a battle to achieve the goals of the revolution, and retribution for the “martyrs” who sacrificed their lives, according to a statement on his Facebook page.
Meanwhile, rival candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said in an interview with Sky News Arabia on Sunday that Egyptians will experience a significant improvement in their lives in two years of his reign.
“If things go according to the plan we have prepared, we will see an improvement in two years,” AFP reported.
During his rally, Sabbahi said he would work to return factories that were privatized to the public sector. He said his electoral platform includes dissolving the boards of directors of nine textile holding companies nationwide and establishing a high council for the public sector under the administration of a new ministry of public sector.
“This decision will help eliminate corruption and to improve the public sector,” he said, according to the statement.
He also said “terrorists” would be confronted decisively and peaceful detained demonstrators will be immediately released. He asserted the elections will be fair and no one can interfere with them, according to the statement.
Sisi, the former Minister of Defense, was asked what he would do if protests erupted against him as they did against former President Hosni Mubarak in early 2011 and later against former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. He said that he would not hesitate to resign if there were mass protests against him, AFP reported.
“I won’t wait for the army (to intervene) … the army acts according to the people’s will,” Sisi said.
The interview also covered Sisi’s electoral platform, and Cairo’s ties on Arab and international levels.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy met on Sunday with advisors of both presidential candidates, MENA reported.
During the meeting, Fahmy discussed the ministry’s policy and approach toward foreign issues following the events of June 30, current challenges, and Egypt’s foreign policy regarding restoring its strategic role in the Arab and African regions.
Fahmy also provided the representatives with a report about the state’s foreign policy, MENA reported.