Pros and Cons of Sisy for President.
The landslide response to Sisy’s request for the people to mandate and order him to deal with terrorism and potential terrorism is indisputable, despite numerous attempts by the MB and their media machine, backed by their foreign allies, to try to plant doubts about that. His popularity among Egyptians is a fact. But his suitability to become the next President is debatable. I shall not give my personal opinion till the end, as I would like each to make up their mind according to the facts that follow.
First. The people feel eternally grateful to Sisy for what is perceived as being rescued from a fate worse than death at the hands of the MB. Egypt was systematically and deliberately being raped and fragmented, having its basic character changed, with alien concept imposed. Sisy was the one person, representing the army and its striking force, who could have rescued our beloved country, and he did. So Egypt fell in love with its savior. All very natural and expected. But what of the perceived character of that savior.
Second. Not only did he rid Egypt of the terrorists ruling it, but he also kept his promise to retire back to the background and handed over the reins to the Head of the Supreme Court who became our interim President. This has raised him in the esteem of many an Egyptian who had fears of a resumption of military rule.
Third.the Armed a Forces seem to be one of the few entities whose budget is properly managed, so there is cash to spare for special projects. Sisy in a very clever and benevolent gesture undertook the alleviation of financial burdens falling on two factions within society that could use the most help. In one stroke he paid all the debts incurred by mothers who bought appliances for the dowry of their daughters on the installment basis, then were unable to continue the payments. These mothers were jailed. Sisy paid their debts and had them freed. The second factions were the small farmers who got into debt buying seeds and fertilizers and pesticides, then were unable to pay the debt as the interest was t.he only thing they could afford. Sisy paid their debts up to LE 10,000 each. You can imagine what those two gestures have done to a huge number of families, and the goodwill it generated towards Sisy and the army.
Fourth. As the army has one of the best departments for civil engineering in the country, they undertook the completion of one of the main highways in the country, finished it in record time, and plan to take over another highway that has been under construction for quite a few years, and is still unfinished. Egypt’s infrastructure desperately needs that.
Fifth. Not only did he undertake to alleviate the monetary burdens of Egyptians, but he did something that we thirsted for throughout the year of Morsi’s rule. He gave us back a sense of dignity. He put Egypt back on the same footing as other countries on the international stage. He made us proud.
Sixth. The army’s performance in Sinai. The very vicious war waged on all terrorists let in by Morsi into Sinai, and who are now being backed and financed by enemies of Egypt who want its downfall and fragmentation, this war is relentless and very, very bloody. The shutting down of the underground tunnels through which Hamas used to smuggle arms and fighters into Egypt, and goods and gasoline out of Egypt, have now been nearly all stopped. The terrain is murderous, therefore the progress is rather slow, but very thorough. This is very much appreciated by the Egyptian people, as this is stopping the flow of arms into Egypt, and the draining of our much-needed resources.
Seven. The military talks, negotiations and arms deals with Russia have given us a feeling of balance in Egypt’s foreign relations, and diversified our sources, so we are no longer bound to the type of antiquated arms dictated upon us by the US through its AID. This has given Egyptians a sense of freedom and independence that has been sorely lacking for a few decades now.
All the above are the pros. Now to come to the cons.
First. By Sisy becoming President this will give ammunition to all those governments and people with hidden agendas to say that they are vindicated and that what took place on June 30 was a military coup after all.
Second. The timing for Sisy might be too soon, as the state Egypt is in is still very volatile and precarious and anyone at the helm would catch a great deal of flack, internally and externally.
Third. The fear of some Egyptians that he might turn into a dictator, not only because of all the adulation showered on him by the people, but also because of the very dedication of the military spirit to strict rules and regulations, which when applied to civil life might smack of oppression.
These cons are all too real.
My conclusion is that Sisy would make an excellent President in another four years. What we need now is a dignified, honorable statesman with diplomatic experience to become the President. Under the new Constitution, which I think will be passed very comfortably, the president will have limited powers, and will share those with the Prime Minister. I think it is far more important who is going to be our Prime Minister than who is going to be our President. It is far more important to ensure that the right people are elected to Parliament, and that the PM is chosen very carefully. The position of a Minister of a Defense should remain in the capable hands of Sisy, till, over the next four years he grooms someone to take over. In an ideal world, I would suggest Amr Moussa for President and Ahmed Ghoneim for Prime Minister. Moussa has the diplomatic experience for that post, and Ghoneim has the economic vision to the future which is needed in that period. Hopefully in four years we would have been able to limit all terrorist activities in Egypt, that the economy would have recovered somewhat, and that Egypt would be on the right path to becoming one of the leading states among nations.
God bless my beloved Egypt.
Pros and Cons of Sisy for President.