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In Pictures: Portraits of Al Sisi in Cairo

Portraits of retired army chief and presidential candidate Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi photographed on 12 April  2014 in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Sisi is expected to win the May 26-27 presidential election riding on a wave of popularity and aided by an intensive media campaign after ousting former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. AFP …

Daily News Egypt

Without political support? (Part One)

There are many questions concerning running for presidency and whether it is possible to do such a thing without political backing or support. For instance, can a real campaign be created and run without political support? The same question applies concerning running the country. These questions stem from some statements made by supporters of Field …

Farid Zahran

Sisi’s covert clues

By Philip Whitfield Gettysburg 1863: Government of the people, by the people, for the people. Ashen, sick as a dog, Abraham Lincoln barely lasted another 15 months on earth. The wireman was away supping. Missed the iconic two minutes: 271 words of epigrammatically pithy eloquence: Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth …

Daily News Egypt

Are there serious doubts regarding the integrity of presidential elections?

Some friends and relatives are surprised at those who question the integrity of the coming elections and wonder why they keep raising doubts concerning their democracy. And if so, what is the available evidence that the elections will be conducted in an undemocratic atmosphere? The truth is, there is serious doubt-raising evidence concerning the coming …

Farid Zahran

Managing editor Rana Allam

Al-Sisi’s austerity request

“Egypt’s youth is its hope; they need to give and not expect to take anything now.” “Egypt needs a lot from us. Egypt’s youth should not be thinking about when will they be able to get married or when will they ‘live’, they need to build the country first.” “Our economic situation is extremely difficult, …

Rana Allam

Will Al-Sisi run for president?

First we will discuss the consequences of General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi running for president. What first comes to mind is that Al-Sisi will win, of course, which would confirm the doubt that 30 June was a military coup.  This would seriously hurt Egypt’s connections with the international political scene. On the other hand, this win …

Farid Zahran