Egypt's president says that the anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising should be celebrated and that the country is on the right track, although democracy will take time to develop.

In a speech Sunday, a day before the fifth anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said that "democratic experiences don't mature overnight, but through an accumulative and continuous process."

He added that: "Egypt today is not the Egypt of yesterday, we are building together a modern developed civilian state."

El-Sissi went on to accuse the banned Muslim Brotherhood group of trying to exploit the uprising for personal gain.

A day earlier, el-Sissi vowed to respond firmly to any unrest and to press ahead with the fight against the country's Islamic militants.