Egyptian social media users are outraged after footage emerged showing the convoy of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi driving over several kilometres of red carpet.
According to reports, President el-Sisi’s convoy last week drove over a four km long red carpet, estimated to have cost well over $200,000.
President el-Sisi was ironically en route to witness the inauguration of housing projects, built for Egypt’s poorest in 6th of October City, south of Cairo.
That 4Km-long red carpet Egypt's president Sisi drove along, would stretch nearly 70% across the Seychelles!
— Charles Onyango-Obbo (@cobbo3) February 10, 2016
Al Jazeera reported that the rolling out of carpet on paved roads was dubbed by some as lavish and wasteful, in a country where, according to a 2014 UNDP report, more than 25 percent of the population live below the poverty line.
The red carpet, perceived by some as conspicuous consumption has been heavily criticised on social media, and seen as insensitive and unnecessary in light of the economic hardships some Egyptians are going through.
Egyptian army justified the 2.5 miles of red carpet for Sisi's car because it "it gives a kind of joy and assurance to the Egyptian citizen"
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) February 9, 2016
— Shahrukh Wani (@shahrukhwani) February 11, 2016
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Source: Al Jazeera