Egypt`s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi
Today traveled to Algeria and to Equatorial Guinea to attend an African summit and discuss security and water issues, in his first trip outside the country since he assumed the presidency earlier this month.
After Egypt`s former army chief, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won a landslide victory last month to become the President, Barack Obama called him to congratulate him on his inauguration and convey his commitment to working together.
In an emotional farewell speech, Egypt`s outgoing interim president on Wednesday said the public must rise to its responsibilities in the face of enormous challenges in a country he said has been scarred by violence, a dilapidated economy, political confusion and international conspiracies threatening its identity and territorial integrity.
Only a slight majority of Egyptians look favorably on Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the former Army chief who ousted the elected president and is now a heavy favorite to win next week`s presidential elections, according to a poll released on Thursday by a US-based research center.
Egypt`s former military chief has made a rare appeal to the country`s youth who were behind calls for regime change since 2011, trying to win support among a key bloc in this month`s presidential election that he admitted he is struggling to reach.
Former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi gave the first TV interview of his campaign to become Egypt`s next president on Monday, saying he decided to run because of the threats facing the nation after his removal of the country`s first democratically elected president, Islamist Mohammed Morsi.
Egypt`s former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency.
Egypt`s powerful military chief launched a USD 40 billion housing initiative on Sunday to build a million homes in cooperation with a major Emirati construction firm, the first campaign-style move by Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is widely expected to run for president.