Egyptian writer, Dandraoui Al-Hawari, has proposed the restoration of the monarchy and appointment of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as king. This suggestion has aroused widespread cynicism and anger. Several activists have accused the writer of glaring hypocrisy.
Al-Hawari has written numerous articles in support of El-Sisi. In a recent piece in Youm7 newspaper, he accused El-Sisi’s opponents of being blind to the achievements of the July 1952 revolution.
“[The activists] lament the age of monarchy. They long for poverty and destitution. They wish to walk barefoot, live in total darkness, and be deprived of education or health. They curse Egypt’s transformation into a republic. They do not understand that it restored dignity and pride to the Egyptians.”
Al-Hawari went on to suggest restoring the monarchy and appointing El-Sisi as the King.
He said: “because you lament the era of monarchy, we must hold a popular referendum to abolish the Republic and restore the era of the monarchy. We will appoint Abdel Fattah E-Sisi as king of Great Egypt?”
The article angered activists, who launched a sharp attack on Al-Hawari and accused him of hypocrisy in favour of El-Sisi.
Activists pointed out that, after the 1952 revolution, Egypt endured significant economic, political and military setbacks.
Al-Hawari’s article came a few days after El-Sisi’s expressed his anger at the hashtag “Go Away Sisi”.
At the Sixth Youth Conference at Cairo University on Saturday Sisi said, “When I tried to get the Egyptians out of destitution and make them a great nation, they launched the hashtag “Go Away Sisi”… should I be angry or not?”
El-Sisi’s statements topped social networking sites’ list of hashtags.
The “Go Away Sisi” hashtag has sparked anger among the supporters of the Egyptian President, which pushed some of them to try to launch an anti-tag. It did not spread like the first tag, despite the media celebration of the supporters’ hashtag.