Army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was promoted on Monday to field marshal, and has been given a mandate by the military to run for president. Despite his promise that the military does not seek to rule Egypt, he seems primed to ascend to the position. If in power, his backers say his status as a national hero will help him rebuild the country.
“He’s a true leader who won the trust of Egyptians, thanks to which he’ll be able to make all institutions work in harmony,” Nabil Sharaf el-Din, a specialist in Islamic affairs at Al-Ahram Center, told Al Arabiya News. By being a man of “soft power” who has great popularity, Sisi will be able to “lead, reshape and purify” the country, whether it is from the Muslim Brotherhood or corrupt people, Sharaf el-Din added.
Egyptian analysts say Sisi as president may be what the country needs to stabilize a deteriorating domestic and economic situation. “He’ll come up with a national project which will help the country move forward and improve,” Mohammad el-Shaikh, a journalist with the Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Watan, told Al Arabiya News. “Hopefully, he’ll strengthen the country’s economy and bring back stability to the country,” Shaikh added.
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