Τετάρτη, 29 Ιανουαρίου 2014

Egypt’s al-Sisi: The Field Marshal Who Could Be Pharaoh Read more: Egypt: Abdul Fattah al-Sisi Wins Army Support for Presidential Run

The prospect of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi becoming Egypt’s President offers, at the minimum, the virtue of clarity. The Egyptian military, which on Monday “mandated” its Chief of Staff to stand for President, has never actually been out of power in the Land of the Pharaohs. Al-Sisi became its public face only on July 3 last year, the day the career soldier stepped before a microphone and announced the removal of the only freely elected government in the nation’s thousands-year-old history.
The ecstatic cheers that greeted the announcement spoke volumes about Egypt’s disenchantment with the clannish and tin-eared Muslim Brotherhood administration that al-Sisi sent packing. The adulation also demonstrated the comfort level of many ordinary Egyptians for being ruled by men in uniform. In many countries where a military coup has taken place, the etiquette calls for a firm suggestion that the top brass, having performed a distasteful but necessary duty, leave the field of politics and “go back to their barracks.” In Egypt, the cry being heard after al-Sisi’s nomination was: “The military and the people are one hand.”


Read more: Egypt: Abdul Fattah al-Sisi Wins Army Support for Presidential Run | TIME.com http://world.time.com/2014/01/27/egypt-sisi-army-president-scaf/#ixzz2rp2aNg1p

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