Egypt’s Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi signs military contracts during a ceremony at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo. By Amr Dalsh / REUTERS. @Adobe Stock Images.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s unsurprising 97 percent win, announced Monday after a widely-derided sham election, reaffirms the exponential increase of the military’s influence in nearly every facet of the country’s political and economic life. The danger now is that the dependence of Sisi – a former head of military intelligence and former minister of defense – on his country’s armed forces will undermine the state’s long-term security and stability, not to mention people’s freedoms and rights.

 

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