CAIRO – Egypt's president expressed his displeasure at the recent online postings that called for him to resign because he was coping with the country's troubled economy and said he was "angry" about the posts.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said in angry, televised remarks on Saturday that the postings are inappropriate and he has worked hard to tear Egypt out of its economic crisis.
The #Sissi_leave hashtag surfaced this summer following sharp rises in gasoline, water and electricity prices as part of austerity measures to recover the economy, which has recovered from years of turmoil after the 201
El-Sissi was elected to the defense for the first time one year after his election in 2014. The minister directed the dismissal of Mohammed Morsi, an Islamist who was released was elected, whose one-month office, however, proved to be divisive.
The elected General – President has since acted officially He launched billion dollar infrastructure, development and housing projects, which he says will change the country of about 94 million people.
He has also overseen the largest crackdown on recent Egyptian history, imprisoning thousands of Islamists and some secularists. For the democracy movement, many of the freedoms gained after the 2011 uprising have been pushed back.
In March el-Sissi won a second, four-year term after having fought virtually without a rival candidate.
"They have urged us to be a nation of poverty, a nation of need, but when I start working to get out of this situation, I find the hashtag #Sissi – go away," he said. "Should I have been angry or not? I was angry. I was upset."
El-Sissi has told the Egyptians in the past that they should not listen to anyone but him and reiterated that he would only listen to views other than his if they are based on thorough research.
In his last remarks, El-Sissi also repeated his frequent claims about unnamed parties that work tirelessly to undermine and destabilize the country.
Egypt, he warned, would not survive another "revolutionary" A phase like that of 2011.
"Everything is related to stability and security – I want us to develop an acute fear of instability," he said ,
In addition to economic challenges, Egypt faces uprising by militant Islamists in northern Sinai
In addition to fighting militants on the peninsula, security forces are also fighting for the permeable borders to neighboring Libya and Sudan used by militants. to smuggle weapons and fighters to Egypt and for cross-border attacks.