Why Sisi needs more implicit ‘walk-the-talk’ policies

Being perceived as the “strongman of Egypt” always prompts Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to resort to flexing his muscles as a means to reach a political consensus concerning most of the political and economic challenges encountered by his country. The president’s recent statement about its Armed Forces’ ability to deploy across all Egypt’s governorates in six hours sends out an explicit message: under threat from internal and external forces, Egypt is not a stable country.

The frightening messages that al-Sisi is so keen to convey are negatively perceived by many stakeholders that have genuine interests in Egypt – but they will never scare people who are determined to commit acts of terrorism.

Listening to the president’s continuous and explicit remarks about all the threats facing our country definitely discourages foreigners who are interested in either investing in, or visiting, Egypt. These people will put their projects on hold due to the perceived instability. Furthermore, knowing the threats that endanger their country, even Egyptians will reduce their investments.

In the meantime, the Muslim Brotherhood, clearly defined as a terrorist group by the Egyptian state, with most of its cadres imprisoned, is not really in a position to be frightened. The Brotherhood is determined to bring violence and terrorism to the country and is not concerned with the harsh measures adopted by the state.

Political Islamists constitute a “mentally-blocked” society whose members have been brainwashed for decades and who have a strong willingness to sacrifice their lives for their misconceptions of Islamic values. The president’s provocative remarks are simply adding fuel to an already raging fire.

Political Islamists constitute a “mentally-blocked” society whose members have been brainwashed for decades and who have a strong willingness to sacrifice their lives for their misconceptions of Islamic values

Mohammed Nosseir

Al-Sisi’s “shooting-from-the-hip” attitude is scaring off many good birds that Egypt needs, while sparing the bad ones who know how to hide and maneuver. The president needs to deliver Egyptians’ demands in terms of security and economy – without threatening anyone.

Taking steps to bring more security to hazardous and chaotic Egyptian streets where violence is increasing on a daily basis, and making sound economic decisions that will boost investor and tourist confidence, is what will bring the stability that Egypt is severely in need of.

Favored projects

Al-Sisi can easily be described as an impulsive, unpredictable president who prefers to rush headlong into political and economic decisions before undertaking the necessary thorough studies. The development of the Suez Canal Waterway, the new Administrative Capital and many other projects prove that instead of comprehensively exploring an idea and then determining its feasibility, the president tends to run projects that he favors and to justify the need for them later.

Requesting a $12 billion loan from the IMF won’t help Egypt much unless we first learn where and how the $12.5 billion that we received from the Gulf countries over the past three years were spent.

Al-Sisi’s messages of warning won’t avert the Egyptian state’s nightmare concerning the occurrence of mass demonstrations. Chaos will erupt in Egypt if we continue to marginalize Egyptian youth (two-thirds of our population) in favor of the current obsolete and corrupt figures that dominate all key state positions.

The substantial decline in freedom, justice and job opportunities, the significant rise in prices and crime rate and ineffective state policies are speedily and surely pushing Egyptians toward a “nothing to lose” position. The combination of all these factors will precipitate the descent of many Egyptians to the streets, regardless of the president’s threatening messages.

Al-Sisi needs to replace many of his explicit messages with implicit “walk the talk” policies. People must enjoy the benefits of security and stability on the ground, without the president’s continuous reminders. Egyptians and foreigners need to be able to see Egypt as a country that adheres to the rule of law, a country where laws are enforced, justice is applied and freedom of expression is practiced.

Investments and jobs will grow spontaneously when we seriously address the issue of the lacking liberal values in Egypt. Threatening messages are only adding more troubles to the government’s existing overload of catastrophes.
Mohammed Nosseir is an Egyptian liberal politician who advocates for advancing liberalism, political participation, and economic freedom. Mohammed was member of the higher committee at the Democratic Front Party from 2007 to 2012, and then member of the political bureau of the Free Egyptian Party till mid-2013. Mohammed advocates for his work through providing the Egyptian government with a number of schemes to better reform its government institutes, as well as he is a regular contributor to various Egyptian newspapers. Mohammed also has extensive experience in the private sector, working with a number of international companies assisting them in expanding their businesses in the Middle East. Mohammed graduated from Faculty of Commerce, Ain Shams University, Cairo (1986); he participated at Aspen Seminar on Leadership, Values and Good Society (2011), Eisenhower Fellow, Multi-National Program (2009) and Stanford Fellow for Democracy, Development & Rule of Law (2008).

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49
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