Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has called on young people to actively participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Speaking at a military academy on Wednesday, El-Sisi warned that Egyptians should vote for “national and rational forces” in the polls, “so as not to have problems.”
“I call on political parties to include young people and to push them to work and participate…this is what we need.”
Parliamentary elections are expected by the end of the year, and until then legislative powers remain in the hands of the president.
In his 29-minute televised speech, El-Sisi spoke about his recent visit to the United States for the Climate Summit, where he met a variety of global leaders, politicians and journalists.
He said the world had “listened attentively” to what the Egyptian delegation had to say about the country’s challenges, its political roadmap and its role in the region.
“(International forces) needed time, and we’ve given them time… the majority has realised,” El-Sisi said, speaking of the political changes that took place with the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year.
He added that there were some who “did not want to believe” the changes Egypt has gone through, in a veiled reference to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who recently lashed out at Egypt’s leadership and criticised the world for acknowledging “a coup.”
Morsi was ousted by the military in July 2013 amid days of mass protests against him and his Muslim Brotherhood group.
A political roadmap set forth after his toppling prescribed drafting a new constitution, and holding presidential and parliamentary elections, of which only the last is yet to take place.
The toppling of Morsi and the crackdown on his supporters that followed has brought international criticism, which Egypt has usually rebuffed, calling it a misunderstanding of the real dangers facing the region.