Tel Aviv Notes: The “Sisi-Meter” is Ticking: ʿAbd al-Fattah al-Sisi and the Challenges Facing Egypt

Source: The Moshe Dayan Center For Middle Eastern And African Studies
Author(s): Mira Tzoreff

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In ʿAbd al-Fattah al-Sisi’s first television interview during the 2014 presidential campaign, he promised Egyptian citizens that they would begin feeling improvement in their everyday lives within his first two years in office.[1] Sisi adopted a Churchillian demeanor when he spoke of the sweat, toil, and selflessness that would be required to realize his plans. Following the March 13, 2015 economic summit held in Sharm al-Sheikh, the Minister of Planning, Ashraf al-ʿArabi, stated that “the citizens of Egypt should not hold their breath for an economic miracle to emerge the day after the summit, as all the projects presented will be implemented by 2030.”[2] Sisi is aware that since the 2011 revolution, the public has been impatient with their governments, and the two previous post-revolution administrations (SCAF and Morsi) lasted less than two years in office….

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