Alone at the Top in Egypt

Source: Carnegie

Author(s): Yezid Sayigh

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Official Egyptian responses to civil conflict and political transitions among countries since early 2019 have shown an instinctive preference to help a military strongman to power in Libya and preserve the overriding say of the armed forces in the governing arrangements of Sudan and Algeria.

However, a more thoughtful Egyptian approach would draw different conclusions with regard to the future role of Egypt’s armed forces in the country’s politics and government. Broader participation is needed in national decisionmaking, whether in the management of the economy and public finances, in supporting markets, or in social development. That means political transition. But if this is to happen in the foreseeable future, and peacefully, it can only be initiated by the armed forces themselves.

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