Abdul Fattah al-Sisi may win Egypt's presidential election easily, but fixing the economy is beyond him
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When Egypt holds its presidential election on May 26 and 27, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is almost certain to win. But the retired field marshal, who led a popular coup in July against the democratically elected Islamist Mohamed Morsi, is just as likely to be a failure at the presidency as the man he ousted.
In spite of orchestrating a crackdown on political freedom, al-Sisi has won broad support from Egyptians convinced that the soft-spoken former military man will end their nation’s economic free fall. But the very institution Egyptians are putting their faith in—the military, in the person of al-Sisi—has driven much of the country’s economic rot.