Sisi has failed to meet with politicians: George Ishak
George Ishak - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: Politician George Ishak, a member of the Civic Democratic Current Alliance, criticized President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as being uninvolved in politics since taking office in June, to the detriment of the country.

In his comments to Al-Hadas Al-Masry Wednesday, Ishak said Sisi was more eager to meet with economists and businesspeople, as he has not “met even once with politicians or party heads.”

Since being elected, Sisi has met with a large number of Egyptian businesspeople at least twice to discuss the economy.

Many of those businesspeople paid donations to the “Tahia Masr” (Long live Egypt) bank account that was established by the president, with funds going to pay the country’s debts and budget. According to Al-Masry Al-Youm last July, about 5 billion EGP ($700 million) was collected from prominent investors including Naguib Sawiris, Mohamed Faried Khamies, Mohamed Al-Amein and Mohamed Abou Al-Aenien during an Iftar meeting at Ithadeya presidential palace organized by the presidency during Ramadan.

“I swear to god, if I had 100 billion EGP, I would give it all to Egypt,” Sisi said to the investors according to Al-Watan last July.

Ishak, known for his role in founding the Kefaya movement in the early 2000s, continued by saying there was no clear vision about upcoming parliamentary elections because a constituency law has not been issued despite political groups forming alliances in anticipation of the event.

“Once the districting law is issued, everything will be clear enough,” Ishak said.

Sisi has repeatedly said parliamentary elections will take place before the end of the year.

According to Al-Shorouq last August, Sisi assured a U.S. Congressional delegation during their visit to Egypt that the third part of the 2013 Roadmap, represented by a new parliament, will be finished by January.

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