From Great Expectations to Bitter Disappointment: Egypt’s Youth, After Three Years of al-Sisi’s Presidency

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

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Five years have passed since hundreds of thousands of youth first flooded Cairo’s Tahrir Square with the unequivocal and uncompromising demand: “Irhal!” (Get out! Leave!) Their actions resulted in the deposition of two presidents — Husni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi — in successive revolutionary upheavals on January 25, 2011 and June 30, 2013. President ʿAbd al-Fattah al-Sisi understands that Egypt’s revolutionary youth are looking for more than fiery speeches and empty promises; they expect creative solutions to the youth crisis (azmat al-shabab). However, the Sisi regime has been forced to invest most of its efforts in the continuing battle against Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (the Islamic State-aligned organization) in the Sinai. Sisi is also searching desperately for solutions to Egypt’s economic crisis, pursuing huge public projects such as the expansion of the Suez Canal…

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