Egypt’s Once and Future Dictator Promises to End Muslim Brotherhood
Posted on May 5, 2014
Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who recently resigned as the leader of Egypt’s army to run for president, dispelled any notion of reconciliation with the ousted Muslim Brotherhood during an interview Monday.
The former head of Egypt’s military intelligence under dictator Hosni Mubarak, Sissi organized the coup that drove the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, from power. Morsi and the Brotherhood failed to deliver quickly enough to a country starving for economic growth and the president’s political maneuvering and power struggle with the military brought protesters back to Tahrir Square. The military has since arrested much of the Brotherhood leadership, as well as secular leaders.
It seems Sissi will not make any public appearances during his presidential campaign, citing death threats. Regardless, he is expected to win.
—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer
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