(Reuters) – Egyptians should not expect instant democracy or rapid economic reforms, but should pull together for shared sacrifice. That is the sober message being delivered by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt’s first freely-elected leader last year and is now poised to be elected president later this month.
It is wrong to expect Egypt to turn into a Western-style democracy overnight, he said on his campaign site on Facebook.
He also hinted at a cautious approach to economic reforms, saying the state should not move too quickly to dismantle the subsidies for fuel and food that Western backers say are unsustainable and have ruined public finances.
“The subsidies can’t be removed suddenly. People will not tolerate that.”