Skip to comments.Hope for strongman fuels Egypt’s el-Sissi campaign
Posted on 05/22/2014 11:39:04 AM PDT by Olog-hai
Posters of former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi hang everywhere on the streets of Egypt. In Cairo, his face lines highways and bridges and towers over city squares. In Alexandria, loudspeakers blast down the Mediterranean seaside road with songs praising him as the next president and a gift to Egypt after years of turmoil. [ ]
The tone of the campaign reflects how, after the turmoil since Mubaraks 2011 ouster, many exhausted Egyptians are going full circle to embrace a strongman who can bring stability no matter what the worries over the future for democracy. The sector of society hailing el-Sissicrossing rural-urban and rich-poor divideshas embraced the fierce crackdown on Islamist protesters that has killed hundreds and arrested thousands, welcomed the increased prominence of the once-hated police forces and had no problem with a broader clamp-down on other dissenters.
People want a military man. We have already seen that a civilian president cant do much, Shaimaa Abdel-Hamid, a 26-year-old woman at a pro-el-Sissi rally in downtown Cairo this week. Unabashedly, she said she cried when Mubarak was toppled.
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What would Beavis and Butthead make of that name? ;-)
I don’t think it was a good idea for el-Sisi to personally assume direct control of the Egyptian government. Now if the economy stays south, his current popularity will eventually evaporate.
And Egypt’s economic fundamentals are so poor that that will almost certainly be the case, unless we and the Gulf give them more money. They are already dependent on foreign aid to survive, thanks to the massive subsidies that the government has been compelled to give on food, oil etc.
Riots will also ensue if el-Sisi tries to remove these subsidies, as they have every other time an Egyptian leader tried to get rid of budget killing subsidies.
So, they want a dictator who’s a Sissi?................
What the western world needs to understand is that Islam is not compatible with a republican or democratic form of government.
Islam will still be Islam no matter what kind of government is over an Islamic state.
According to the “Obama shut your mouse” lady, they want el-Sissi over Morsi.
Oh, I see, no Morsi, more Sissi, Si?.................
His name does not translate to English. While I am sure this is a serious article dealing with a serious matter, I am unable to process it seriously.
May be so. But el Sissi DID avert total despotic Sharia Dictatorship in Egypt. And he DID stop the killing of Egyptian Christians. And he DID deliver on a promise to rebuild the Christian Churches and Schools. At least 12 of those rebuilding projects were underway within a few weeks of Morsi’s overthrow. I personally cheer his attitude. He was hand picked by Morsi to run the military, BUT refused to fire on Egyptian citizens who were in the mass demonstrations.
Don’t misunderstand, Sissi is just what Egypt needs.