CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Thursday called on youth to participate in Egypt’s political life while making reassurances upcoming parliamentary elections were on track and would occur by the end of the year during a speech celebrating National Farmers Day.
Sisi urged youth to take part in the country’s future and called on State-run newspaper Al-Ahram to organize a symposium on youth participation in the political scene, adding that he will give a speech that day.
He also called on people to choose carefully who they want to represent them in the coming Parliament.
Sisi’s statement came amid wide speculation that the State might hold back parliamentary elections due to the delay in issuing a law to organize constituencies.
According to the 2013 Roadmap, the parliamentary elections should be scheduled six months following the adoption of the constitution that was ratified in January 2014.
However, Constitutional Court Judge Mohamed Nour Farahat said in comments to CBC Extra following Sisi’s speech that the roadmap dates are “just organizing dates and do not result in punishment in case they are not committed to.”