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Sisi Views Presidential Elections as a Chance for Transformation

 President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed the achievements of the past decade during a speech at the Story of the Homeland conference, which runs from September 30 to October 2 in the New Administrative Capital. He emphasized that those who disagree with these achievements have the opportunity to bring about change in the upcoming presidential elections.

El-Sisi stated, "This is what has been accomplished, and you have the opportunity for change in the upcoming elections. Ultimately, it is all in God's hands."

However, he also criticized what he referred to as "false narratives" that have generated skepticism about the state's achievements. He emphasized that nations are built through development and reform, not through destruction, defamation, skepticism, or injustice. El-Sisi added that labeling responsible individuals as deficient, corrupt, or ill-conceived does them an injustice and tarnishes their efforts.

These comments come just ahead of the registration period for presidential candidates, which is set to take place from October 5 to October 14. While El-Sisi has not officially announced his candidacy, there is widespread anticipation that he will seek a third term.

The presidential election process is scheduled to occur between October 5 and December 18, in the absence of run-offs, according to Egypt's National Election Authority. Seven political figures have already revealed their plans to compete in the upcoming elections.

During his speech, El-Sisi stressed the importance of progress and development, encouraging citizens not to shy away from these goals, even if it means enduring hunger and deprivation. He expressed a willingness to make sacrifices for the sake of the nation's development and prosperity.

He encouraged Egyptians to have dreams that go beyond immediate needs and aspirations, urging them not to limit their dreams to mere sustenance.

El-Sisi highlighted that development has continued even amid counter-terrorism operations. He pointed to the inauguration of the New Suez Canal in 2015, which was completed despite skepticism and rumors. The revenue generated from the Suez Canal is expected to reach $10.5 billion by the end of the year, nearly double the revenue before 2015. It is projected to increase to $12.5 billion by the end of the fiscal year 2024/2025.