Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
President of Egypt
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Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
President of Egypt

Former Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Saeed Al-Sisi was sworn into office as President of Egypt on 8 June 2014, having earlier that year resigned from his post as the Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Since then, Sisi and his cabinet of technocrats have sought to take major steps to restore a sense of stability, revive the economy as well as undertake novel political and diplomatic initiatives beyond Egypt’s border

Birth: 19 November 1954 (Age: 68)

Source of Influence: Political

Influence: President of Egypt

School of Thought: Sunni, Traditional Sunni

Status: Featured in current year

Influence

Former Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Saeed Al-Sisi was sworn into office as President of Egypt on 8 June 2014, having earlier that year resigned from his post as the Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Since then, Sisi and his cabinet of technocrats have sought to take major steps to restore a sense of stability, revive the economy as well as undertake novel political and diplomatic initiatives beyond Egypt’s borders.

From Army Chief to President: Former Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Saeed Al-Sisi removed Egypt’s first democratically elected president (Mohamed Morsi) from power in 2013. Outbreaks of violence ensued across Egypt that included the death of many hundreds of protesters at the hands of pro-military police at Raba’a Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo. Sisi then ran for the office himself and was sworn into office as President of Egypt on 8 June 2014, having earlier that year resigned from his post as the Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

Presidential Expectations: With the MB officially banned, its leadership and cadre either in prison or in exile, Egyptians have looked to Sisi to resolve complex domestic and international issues. Sisi inherited a politically and economically battered Egypt, with a weak infrastructure, plummeting currency, and violent insurgency and unrest in Sinai. Since then, Sisi has managed to decrease electric power cuts and improve the economy. Under Sisi, Egypt has enjoyed excellent relations with members of the Arab League, most notably with Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Sisi supported the blockade on Qatar as well as the GCC-led military intervention in Yemen.