Politicians react to Sisi’s Kobri el-Qobba speech
President Sisi’s Kobri el-Qobba speech - YOUM7(Archive)

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi gave a speech to the nation late Sunday after swearing in at the Supreme Constitutional Court. The speech resulted in many reactions from different politicians and political movements.

The speech was comprehensive, as Sisi mentioned all societal factions including women, youth and rural farmers. He also explained Egypt’s internal and external policies said Moatamar political party leader and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed al-Orabi, Youm7 reported Monday.

Journalist Salah Eissa said the speech ended the phase where Egypt was a follower of other countries and emphasized its independence. He also added that the speech indicated that there will be a balance in Egypt’s internal and external policies, according to Youm7.

Wafd Party leader Hossam al-Khouly said that Sisi’s discussion of education, the economy and health services reflect Sisi’s awareness of Egypt’s problems, Youm7 reported.

Dostor party Secretary General Yaqout al-Senousi said that all patriotic figures should start working with Sisi to establish a new democratic and prosperous Egypt, according to Youm7.

Revolutionary Powers Coalition political bureau member Tamer al-Qadi described the speech as being beyond perfect because it promoted the State institutions system and gave hope to Egyptians, Youm7 added.

But not everyone has praised the speech.

Muslim Brotherhood member Gamal Heshmat said he refused to acknowledge Sisi as president and described him as the head of a “coup” that removed “legitimate” President Mohamed Morsi.

He also criticized Sisi for saying that there is no place for those who were involved in the bloodshed in Egypt. Heshmat said “[Sisi] is the one who killed his opponents at the Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins,” and that Sisi’s regime is much worse than former President Hosni Mubarak‘s because Mubarak put people in jail while Sisi “kills them.” Heshmat’s comments came in a Sunday interview on Al Jazeera.

Also speaking to Al Jazeera, former MP, Al-Ghad party founder and 2005 presidential candidate Ayman Abd El Aziz Nour said Sunday that Sisi was not clear about who caused the “bloodshed” and whether he meant Mubarak’s regime or Morsi’s regime.

Nour added that Sisi is not the right person to offer a dialogue and reconciliation with the MB because he was part of the events of June 30 and his speech did not offer reconciliation with the MB.

He also criticized Sisi defining freedom in his speech as for people who have fought for freedom since 1919. Nour said Sisi swore to respect the constitution and the law and this contradicts many things that came in his speech, such as his declaration that he will defend any Arab country as soon as it is subject to any threat. Nour said this would actually be Parliament’s decision.

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