For sale: one Egyptian president?
Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, attempting to show his devotion to the country, said he would be willing to put himself up for sale to give the country’s economy a cash boost.
“I swear to God if I could be sold ... then I would be sold,” he said in a televised speech on Monday that was widely mocked on social media.
“Field Marshal philosopher with a military background in good shape for sale,” read an eBay posting for el-Sissi, which was later yanked off the website. At one point, the bidding had topped $100,000, Reuters reports.
El-Sissi, shedding a tear during the speech, urged Egyptians to contribute their own money to help lift Egypt from its economic woes. The country has been in economic turmoil since the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, with its tourism industry particularly hit hard.
“If the 10 million who have mobile phones out of the 90 million Egyptians said good morning to Egypt by sending a 1-pound message donation, we would have 10 million pounds a day, which is 300 million pounds each month,” he said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
But Egyptians on social media were skeptical as the hashtag #Evaluate_Sisis_Speech began trending.
“Would you end my phone contract if I don’t send a morning donation sms!” one user wrote.