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Global Journalist: Egypt's Staged Election

Mar 9, 2018

Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi
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Egypt will hold a presidential election at the end of this month. But there’s little drama about who will actually win.

President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, who led a 2013 coup against the country’s first democratically-elected leader, is expected to be handily re-elected.

That’s because el-Sissi’s government has arrested or intimidated all viable potential opponents. The president’s only opponent is virtually unknown – and was actually an outspoken supporter of el-Sissi until just hours before the candidate registration deadline. Yet despite a wave of repression, there are signs of divisions in the security forces that buttress el-Sissi's rule.

On this edition of Global Journalist a look at Egypt’s staged election, and what it may mean for its future and its status as a key U.S. ally in the Middle East.


Joining the program:

  • Michele Dunne, director of the Middle East program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Sara Khorshid, an Egyptian journalist who has written for Foreign Policy and the New York Times
  • Jonathan Moremi, an international correspondent who has written for The Daily News Egypt
  • Stephen Zunes, professor of politics and international relations and coordinator of the Middle East program at the University of San Francisco

Assistant producers: Taylor Campbell, Jonathan Mitchell, Blythe Nebeker

Supervising producer: Lauren Wortman

 

Visual editor: Jiwon Choi