Source: Arab Center Washington DC
Author(s): Khalil Al-Anani
On April 26, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi called for a national dialogue that he claimed would include all of the country’s political forces, without exception or discrimination. Sisi’s call—the first he has made since the 2013 military coup that brought him to power—immediately spurred a great deal of speculation on social media and among political observers. While some political forces and figures welcomed the call, others remained skeptical that it would lead to any real change or make a breakthrough in Egypt’s current political standstill. In fact, questions remain about the timing and motives of the call, and about whether it is a genuine move or a political tactic to mitigate increasing economic and social pressures facing the Egyptian regime.
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