Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies
Author: Mahmoud Gamal
Abd Al Fattah Al-Sisi attended on Sunday, 22 April a graduation ceremony of military cadets’ new batch of military academies and technical institutes held at the headquarters of the Military Academy in New Cairo. Minister of the Interior Major General Mahmoud Tawfiq and a large number of assistant ministers attended the ceremony. In his speech at the ceremony, Al-Sisi said that Egypt has faced one of the most serious challenges in its modern history, namely attempts “to create chaos and instability inside the Egyptian state”. During the graduation ceremony, Sisi praised the Egyptian people saying that it remained steadfast and adhering to its values of belonging and loyalty to the homeland.
Talking about the military commanders who led the army movement on July 23, 1952, Sisi wanted to show that the military institution protects and honors its historic commanders, even those who used to have differences with the political leadership: including the late president Mohammed Naguib, the late president Anwar Sadat, the late president Gamal Abdel Nasser and former Minister of Defense Hussein Tantawi, and for the first time Staff Colonel Youssef Siddiq, one of the symbols of the 23 July revolution, who was repressed by the late president Gamal Abdel Nasser.
As usual, Sisi used the opportunity to send messages to the Egyptian people and remind him of the permanent threat to the Egyptian state, chaos and instability. One of the most important messages that Sisi wanted to send to the Egyptian people is that their sacrifices in order to overcome the economic crisis are far less than the suffering they could undergo if they once thought of doing anything to bring about change within the Egyptian state.
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