Sisi Orders Officials Not to Praise Him in Speeches

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A document from Egypt’s cabinet telling officials not to praise President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in meetings was leaked online on Wednesday and went viral with the ex-army chief’s supporters, who hailed it as a sign of al-Sisi’s modesty.

The document, which was signed on 14 October by the cabinet’s secretary-general, Amr Abdel-Moneim, stated that al-Sisi ordered ministers and governors not to praise him during public meetings and ceremonies that he’s attending.

According to the memo, officials should abide by the following instructions:

1- The speeches of the officials should not exceed more than five to seven minutes in ceremonies.
2- The speeches of the officials in the attendance of the president should be in the context of the ceremony and should be free from all praise to the president.
3- Not to use words or synonyms or titles “of exaggeration” when officials speak or introduce the president at the event.
4- To introduce the president in this way: Mr. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the president of the republic, and His Excellency President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the president of the republic.

Moneim confirmed the authenticity of the memo to news website Masrawy, adding that it had been sent by the president to all ministers and governors.

Supporters of al-Sisi took to social media to hail the memo as a sign the government was restoring its respect, while others called it a move to stop hypocrisy.

Source: Ahram Online

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