Security force members stand guard as posters of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are pictured in the background during the presidential election in Cairo, Egypt March 26, 2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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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