Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi addressed the nation on state TV marking the 62nd anniversary of the 23 July Revolution that toppled the monarchy in 1952.
President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi said that people went out on 25 January to make new demands and the army supported the people’s demands as they did during the 23 July revolution.
Al-Sisi added, although the 23 July revolution achieved a form of social justice for the Egyptian people, it was not sufficient. However, 30 June was the first revolution in which the people and the army stood side by side, noting that the people and the army will remain united, as it is very important to continue to protect the Egyptian people in light of all dangers.
He also called on the people to remain persistent in light of the current events and to continue being united and unaffected by obstacles.
He said that social justice is primarily aimed at providing the youths with opportunities in the job market and that the goals of any revolution may be achieved after a number of years, adding that Egyptians will bare the fruit of their patience after enduring many difficulties assuring that the Egyptian people’s dignity has not been affected by the reforms currently implemented.
With regards to the violence in Gaza, Al-Sisi said that no one can outbit Egypt’s role in the Arab world, especially regarding the Palestinian cause, assuring that Egypt is committed to its role.
Al-Sisi told the Egyptian people that the police and army cannot face the obstacles without their help, adding that Egypt will not be harmed as long as the people and the army are united.
Al-Sisi said that the Egyptian initiative did not include any conditions, and was only limited to an initial ceasefire and then meeting with each party to listen to their
conditions until a solution is reached to end the bloodshed.
The 23 July revolution was spearheaded by the Free Officers movement, led by General Mohamed Naguib and army officer Gamal Abdel-Nasser who both became presidents after King Farouk was ousted and sent into exile.
The revolution ended the British occupation of the country that lasted from 1882 until 1952 when the Free Officers ousted the king.