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Egypt deserves better 

20 5 24
03.07.2020

In August 2016 The Economist magazine published a leader article titled “The ruining of Egypt;” it spoke of a dangerous mix of repression and economic incompetence and the likelihood of another uprising. Since then, former Army General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has tightened his grip on power in such a manner that he now seems unassailable.

As the president begins his seventh year in office, Egypt’s 102 million population will quite rightly be wondering what happened to the human rights, democratic rule, and development that they were promised back in July 2013.

Alas, they were all thwarted. Fundamental freedoms of assembly, association, and expression were not denied to the Muslim Brotherhood only, as some expected. Even the cheerleaders of the 2013 coup have themselves been excluded from the political arena.

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When Sisi’s army comrades, Sami Anan and Ahmad Shafiq, announced plans to contest the 2018 presidential elections the former was detained and the later was forced to withdraw. The only other candidate allowed to participate was Moussa Mustafa, leader of El-Ghad Party, who instead of campaigning for himself, actually campaigned for Sisi. Such is the state of Egypt’s democracy.

After announcing his intention to stand down in 2022, the Egyptian parliament approved a constitutional amendment in April 2019 extending Sisi’s term until 2024 and allowing him to run again in 2030.

Constitutional proposals could allow Sisi to stay in power till 2034 – Cartoon [Mohammad Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

Constitutional proposals could allow........

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