At a cost of no less than $60 billion, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s regime is preparing to open the administrative capital in late June or August 2021, which Sisi described as the transition to the “new republic.” Mostafa Madbouly, the prime minister of the coup, confirmed that Sisi assigned the government to prepare arrangements for the inauguration of the administrative capital, claiming that it is “a project for the future that the state relies on to announce the birth of the second republic.”
In conjunction with Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s seventh year in power since his election in 2014 in a political and media charade, the media preparation for the so-called “new republic” began. All official and private channels of authority run by the intelligence company (United Media) put the “New Republic” logo on their screens, which raised widespread questions and ridicule because some considered this phrase to be the name of a new series, which indicates the separation of power from the people.
What is the fate of the “old”?
While the authority is preparing celebrations in the administrative capital to celebrate the birth of this “new republic”, Egyptians are wondering about the citizens of that republic and the fate of the “old”.
Sisi’s new republic is based on real estate projects and others related to infrastructure, especially roads, but it is not related to any of the foundations of the well-known republican systems. For this reason, opposition politician Ayman Nour commented, “Someone understands that new republics are not built with cement, palaces and debts, but are built by progress with constitutions, development, justice, equality and freedoms.”
The intense media promotion of the “New Republic” was met by the Egyptians with great irony, as they usually do, wondering about its nature, and the secret of the huge preparations being made for it.
The President of the Constitutional Court, Counselor Saeed Marei, defined this “modern republic” in an interview with Nashat al-Daihi on “TeN” channel 7 as “includes infrastructure,” and did not talk about any constitutional foundations for it. He considered that: “The new administrative capital is an executive work and an idea for the establishment of modern Egypt,” without referring to the well-known foundations of the republic.
The rules and foundations of the republic
The republican system of government is defined as a method of governance based on the principle of the sovereignty of the sons of one state and their participation in choosing their ruler, whose work tasks are determined by the constitution. Therefore, democracy, the rotation of power, free elections and public freedoms are the most prominent foundations.
On the contrary, only buildings, real estate, the tallest tower and new roads to the new capital are being talked and promoted, as they are the foundations of Sisi’s new state there.
On the contrary, the most prominent features of the new republic in Egypt appear to be the manipulation of the constitution, the legislative process, the rule of law, and the falsification of the will of the Egyptians in elections prepared previously for the victory of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, which are closer to military republics.
Egyptian politicians and experts at foreign research centers almost unanimously agree that “Sisi’s new state and republic” will be the consolidation of a new dictatorial era that seeks to benefit from the mistakes of previous presidents who were defeated by the peoples’ revolutions in the old capital, Cairo. They see that he is seeking to fortify himself in a “green area” in the desert, away from the red popular anger eruptions that many international research centers expect.
Experts add that Sisi does not build an administrative capital, but rather a place to hide in order to stay away from demonstrations and violence in Cairo if it happened, and the foreign media called the administrative capital the “Green Zone” similar to Iraq’s Green Zone in which the American occupation and its agents hid and took shelter after the invasion of Iraq from the anger of the people, according to Carnegie Institution.
They pointed out that the transfer of all sovereign and security agencies, the construction of huge buildings for the defense, the interior, the parliament, and presidential palaces, and the transfer of a select few security forces to work there, are all indicators of the nature of this new state or republic.
The construction of iconic towers and luxurious buildings for the wealthy that the majority of the people cannot afford, and dozens of amusement parks, malls and entertainment centers for officers and the pillars of his rule and businessmen, is a clear indication of the attempt to transfer and imitate Dubai in the Suez desert, 60 km from Cairo.
The army is at the fore
The project of the capital or the new republic embodies “Sisi’s vision for development” and how it should be done, which is based on the fact that the army is in the forefront and center, according to the Financial Times newspaper on June 7, 2021. The newspaper considers that the new capital “is the leading infrastructure project among thousands of projects, which the army has been responsible for since the army seized power in 2013.
The first (military) Republic of Egypt began since the declaration of the republic in June 1953, and lasted for 60 years, and was led by Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak, and the second began on June 30, 2012 with the assumption of President Mohamed Morsi as the first elected civilian president in the history of Egypt.
She ruled for only one year because of the conspiracies of the military and the counter-revolution and the currents that supported it in the hope of obtaining some crumbs of office.
That is why the new republic that Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seeks to inaugurate, and which actually began in 2014, is the third formally and an extension of the military first.
During his visit to the Administrative Capital, November 15, 2020, Sisi was keen to reveal what he called the “strategic state command center headquarters” in the new administrative capital, or what was called the “State Defense Coordination Center”, so what is it? Is it the Sisi headquarters protection center there?
In March 2019, it was announced that the “State Mind” project, or the administrative capital’s data center, would be established at a depth of 14 meters, which looks like the idea of the movie Eagle Eye to monitor Egyptians. Evidence for the protection of two divisions of the Republican Guard, not the army, to ensure their loyalty to Sisi even if a military coup occurred against him.
The Egyptians criticized Sisi’s declaration of his republic and the new state, and said that it should not be expressed in new buildings, but rather built with development, justice, equality and freedoms, and that the most prominent features of the new republics in modern countries are linked to the proclamation of new constitutions, and building economic and social systems that are in the interest of peoples.
In December 2015, and in January 2018, Sisi claimed that the January revolution would not be repeated and would not allow it. In his subsequent speeches, he continued to criticize the January revolution and blame it for all the failures in the Egyptian state.
While the heritage of Cairo, the historical capital of Egypt, is being demolished and its ancient buildings are sold to army companies and left in plunder for corruption and chaos, the new administrative capital project is being implemented, to be one of the fourth-generation cities, where the project cost exceeds 800 billion pounds, and the city is scheduled to provide electronic government services All its streets are covered with a network of surveillance cameras, a new system for collecting, separating and recycling garbage, a global traffic system, as well as a global information network that covers the entire city.
The iconic tower, which is the highest tower in Africa with a height of about 400 meters and nearly 87 floors, was completed in the Central Business District, which includes 20 towers with various uses, yet they say it is not only for the wealthy!
“Nehiba” Administrative Capital العاصمة
Observers point out that the coup leader built the administrative capital in order for him, his regime, and his security, sovereign and judicial agencies to fortify from any coming revolution. This is why he built it in the form of circles. He resides in his palace in the middle and is surrounded by the departments of police, intelligence, army, judges, prosecutors and others.
The administrative capital is also one of the sources of the bankruptcy of the Egyptian economy due to the terrible spending on it, fortifying it and building a huge wall around it, which wasted the people’s money and turned it into the welfare of the generals and the beneficiaries of the deep state coup.
We all also know that what is said about the capital spending on itself from the proceeds of selling its lands (of which 70% have been sold so far) is pure lies, because this is the people’s money and did not enter the official treasury, otherwise it would have achieved an economic boom and recovery for the Egyptians with its money, but it was spent on building Villas, resorts, golf courses and security fortifications of the coup generals.
But what many people do not know is the great “legacy” behind which the administrative capital hides, which has turned into an “independent military state,” which was inadvertently revealed by Brigadier General Khaled Al-Hussaini, the official spokesman for the Administrative Capital Company, in an interview with the announcer of the “Egypt Time” program on BBC, who Several scandals revealed on the following link:
According to what the spokesman for the Administrative Capital said, we can monitor the officially recognized landmarks of the new Nahiba, with numbers and statements as follows:
(First): All the old historical government buildings (the buildings of ministries and government departments that will be transferred to the Administrative Capital), most of which are historical palaces, and archaeological buildings will be owned by the Administrative Capital Company after the ministries are transferred to the new capital, and they will give the archaeological buildings to the Ministry of Culture. As for the rest of the buildings classified as non-archaeological, they will be seized. On it the Administrative Capital Company (which is the independent government there) so that it will be sold for the benefit of the company, and not one pound of the proceeds from the sale of the land of the Administrative Capital, which has an area of 170,000 acres, will enter the public treasury, or the buildings of ancient historic Cairo whose value has been estimated. About 700 billion pounds!
(Second): The people will not benefit from the proceeds of selling the project’s land to investors, estimated at billions of pounds, and will not enter the public treasury that is spent on Egyptians from this project except for the taxes paid by the State Administrative Capital Company.
(Third): Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who ordered the employees in the various ministries to leave to the administrative capital to be in the service of the people of the sisterly “military state” in the administrative capital, refused to bear the expenses of housing or transportation, and his government announced apartments for employees in Badr City, near the administrative capital, for half a million pounds per apartment!
(Fourthly): Despite the repeated statements of the coup leaders about the scarcity of state resources and their continued borrowing until the external debt exceeded 132 billion dollars and 5.4 trillion pounds internal debt, the coup does not spare the administrative capital with any money or resources.
This is in contrast to the lavish spending on luxury buildings that are not suitable for 95% of Egyptians because they are not less than 4 million pounds for an apartment, and the construction of resorts, water pools, green rivers, golf courses, and others.
Also, despite the drop in health and hospitals in the new budget, and the drop in the people’s basic projects, there is a waste of spending and acceleration of work in the “new capital,” and the Minister of Housing’s talk about the construction of the largest tower in Africa in the Administrative Capital, and huge spending, the last of which is the construction of an electric train with a value of 1.2 billion pounds, And an opera house and theaters amounting to nearly 4 billion pounds, while the people do not find their livelihood.
Source: بوابة الحرية والعدالة by fj-p.com.
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