CAIRO: “Evil powers” have plotted to jeopardize Egypt’s stability and security following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi but “the conspiracies were and will be always harmless as long as Egyptian people are consolidated,” President Abdel Fatah al Sisi said.
Speaking at a televised interview on Friday, Sisi refused to identify the evil powers saying that “they are inside and outside the country” and that “Egyptian people know them very well.”
He also said that his main concern upon assuming office was “to keep the Egyptian state stable.”
During the interview, which marked two years since Sisi assumed power, the President reviewed the ongoing national projects saying that their total cost is estimated at 1,400 trillion EGP.
“A total of 1,000 companies and 2 million Egyptian labors are involved in the national projects,” said Sisi, adding that the state has provided 200 billion-300 billion EGP of the cost of the projects.
When asked about the role of the Egyptian armed forces in implementing these projects, Sisi said that “the army is only monitoring and coordinating the work progress in these projects in order to make sure the expenditure is spent on the right place.”
During the two-hour interview, Sisi noted that the Egypt is currently fighting corruption through several ways including adopting new and advanced database for all nationals through national ID cards.
“This phenomenon (fighting corruption) will not take place overnight,” said Sisi.
As for the Egyptian youth allegedly detained on political charges, Sisi said that “90 percent of them are jailed over crime-related charges.”
“I have signed three presidential pardon decrees, in which many were released, and I am looking into the cases of the other 10 percent,” said Sisi.
When asked about security status in Sinai, the president said that the fight against terrorism there is taking place on only three percent of the total area of the peninsula.