Egypt’s man of destiny—for a while

Abdel Fatah al-Sisi needed to show massive public support for shutting down a popular revolution. He didn’t get it in this election.

US State Department Photo
Egyptian president-elect Abdel Fatah al-Sisi says goodbye to US Secretary of State John Kerry after a meeting in Cairo while Mr. Sisi was his country’s defence minister in November 2013.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 06/04/2014 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 06/04/2014 12:15 am EDT

To the vast surprise of absolutely nobody, former field marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi won the Egyptian presidential election last week. Moreover, he won it with a majority that would pass for a resounding triumph in most countries. But it is a disarmingly modest majority for an Arab Man of Destiny.

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