Sisi calls on Egyptians to ‘protect country’ ahead of 2011 uprising

CAIRO:Ahead of the fifth anniversary of the 25 January Revolution, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called on Egyptians to “help achieve reform, and protect the nation against terrorism;” the same message was directed to Tunisians who took to the streets against unemployment and marginalizing.

“I do not interfere into the domestic affairs but I say to all Tunisian people that the economic situations are difficult in the whole world…Please protect your country,” Sisi said in his televised speech marking the National Police Day Saturday.

State of curfew was announced in Tunisia nationwide following sabotaging acts against the state’s properties during the past few days.

“Protecting the country is each individual’s responsibility…Protect your country,” said Sisi. He called on Egyptians to help apply reform. Commenting on the controversial Civil Service Law, which was recently rejected by the parliament that, sisi said “a law for a reform was rejected.”

Per the law, an employee’s basic salary package would be increased annually by 5 percent while the allowances, bonuses and incentives, which could reach ten times of the basic salary, will be cut to “get rid of bureaucracy and conflict of interests, and to improve efficiency among the workers.”

Law has attracted a wide criticism by public servants citing “unfair rules” that would negatively affect their salaries and annual incentives.

Sisi’s speech was delivered two days before the celebration of the revolutionthat toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

During his speech marking the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday in December, Sisi warned of staging protests ahead of the anniversary of 2011 uprising, noting that any “revolt” could destroy the country, Reuters reported.

Praising Police’s efforts

“I send my greetings and appreciation to the police women for facing certain challenges in our society and helping the women…I send the greetings to the police personnel who participate in the international peacekeeping mission…I greet the police forces for their roles in the parliamentary elections,” Sisi said.

Since the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his regime, hundreds of police and security troops were killed and others were injured by militant attacks nationwide, particularly in restive North Sinai.

Egyptian security and military forces are on alert ahead the anniversary in anticipation of possible protesting and sabotaging acts.

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