U.S. report zeroes in on Gen. Sisi’s ‘radical’ political agenda

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WASHINGTON — Egypt’s new military ruler envisions his country as an Islamist dictatorship, a report said.

Supporters of Egyptian Army chief Abdul Fatah Sisi cheer during a rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Aug. 1.   /Reuters/Asmaa Waguih
Supporters of Egyptian Army chief Abdul Fatah Sisi cheer during a rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Aug. 1. /Reuters/Asmaa Waguih

A leading U.S. analyst said Defense Minister Abdul Fatah Sisi, contrary to his pledge to Washington, plans to rule Egypt for a long time. In a report, Robert Springborg, the analyst, said Sisi, who led the military coup against President Mohammed Morsi, envisions Egypt as becoming a society driven by both Islam and militarism, similar to Pakistan.

“But even though he overthrew a government dominated by Islamists, there is reason to suspect that Sisi’s true goal might not be the establishment of a more inclusive, secular democracy but, rather, a military-led resurrection and reformation of the Islamist project that the Brotherhood so abysmally mishandled,” the report, titled “The General’s Radical Political Vision,” said.

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