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Al-Sisi's development visions: projects and power in Egypt


Roll, Stephan

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract Abdul Fatah al-Sisi came out as winner of a highly unfree and unfair presidential election held between 26 and 28 May. In office the former military chief now faces great challenges. The country’s economy is in ruins and living conditions have tumbled over the past three and a half years. But comprehensive economic reforms are not on al-Sisi’s agenda. Instead, during his election campaign, the former army chief proposed gigantic development projects. Here he has a particularly firm eye on the interests of his most important supporters. Such a course will not improve Egypt’s economic and social situation. Germany and Europe should therefore definitely not support the approach of the new leadership in Cairo, but instead push for structural reforms in the Egyptian economy. (author's abstract)
Keywords Egypt; economic situation; economic development (on national level); political development; presidential election; economic policy; socioeconomic development; economic elite; guarantee of domination; clientelism; military; financial assistance; Arab countries; North Africa; Persian Gulf
Classification Economic Policy; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Sisi, 'Abd al-Fattah al-
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 26/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications