CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi spoke Saturday in a televised speech about the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution saying that it was a “revolution for change,” and that Egyptians “succeeded.”
During a five-minute recorded speech, Sisi mourned Saudi King Abdullah and commemorated the fourth anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, which is the first one to come under his rule since his election in June 8, 2014.
“The fourth anniversary [of the January 25 Revolution] represents to all of us a new beacon for hope and progress,” Sisi added.
He also said that, “[w]hen [the Egyptians] wanted change or correction of the change once again in June 30, they succeeded again.”
“In fact, January 25 Revolution pushes us to strongly move, and even move with a revolution for the sake of change,” Sisi said. He went on saying that there is a need for a big revolution “inside us” to achieve the famous revolutionary slogan “Bread, Freedom and Social Justice,” and “overcome all the negatives” he said still exist and will need some time to end.
Furthermore, he offered an “appreciation” salute to all “Egypt’s martyrs since the January 25 [Revolution] and until now,” whom he said died for the sake of Egypt’s existence and progress.
In the first part of his speech, he briefly mourned the passing of King Abdullah, saying that by his death “Arabs have lost a man of wisdom and honorable positions.”
Sisi traveled Saturday to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to offer his condolences to the royal family, as he was not able to fly to attend the funeral on Friday due to bad weather in Switzerland, where he participated in the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Sisi mourns King Abdullah, commemorates January 25 Revolution