Egypt: al-Sisi increasingly powerful, increasingly weak oppositions

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Author(s): Giuseppe Dentice

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2019 will be a very important year for Egypt facing old problems and new political challenges. After the clear electoral success of March 2018, which gave Abdel Fattah al-Sisi a new mandate until 2022, the president has set a political agenda based on some clear initiatives: consolidation of economic fundamentals and large infrastructural investments, tightening of security measures and fight against Islamist terrorism, extension of the presidential term beyond its natural end. Measure the latter by the great political impact that, if passed in parliament, could redefine the structures of power in the country. On the regional and international front, on the other hand, there are no substantial changes in the foreign policy guidelines undertaken by the country so far. Nevertheless, there is a marked Egyptian interest in non-traditional operating areas such as the Eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa.

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