The declaration of El-Sisi’s Candidacy, for the presidency of Egypt, signaled a return to the Mubarak era. A close look at the conduct of the temporary Egyptian government for the last nine months, one can notice the pattern of governance that characterized the styles of Nasser, El-Sadat and Mubarak in ruling the country.
The most important question that may creep into one’s mind: “Why do Egyptians adulate El-Sisi? The answer to that question is simple yet complex. They are aching to experience and reap the fruits of stability. They are mentally and physically exhausted from watching their beloved country torn apart by all the fighting and constant attacks on the governmental establishments.
The next question would: “Will the election of El-Sisi put to end to the state of chaos that became a constant fixture in the Egyptian society of today?” Only naïve individuals would answer that question affirmatively. Regardless of the feasibility of bringing stability to the polarized country, Egyptians are aspiring that his strong authoritative figure and army background would be his invaluable assets in ridding the country of the Muslim fundamentalists including the Muslim Brotherhoods.
Most Egyptians believe that El-Sisi is running the temporary government. No decisions could have been approved without his consent. They are putting a great deal of faith in his leadership. They are aware of his lack of political experience but they are irrationally certain that he will succeed in leading them to at least some form of political and economical stability.
Discussing the issue with numerous Egyptians within and outside the country, I was perplexed by the blind trust that they, unconditionally, gave to E-Sisi. I began to wonder about the reasons that prompted them to pour into the streets to overthrow both Mubarak and Morsi. Aren’t they aware of the fact that Army leaderships rarely lead to the establishment of democratic societies.
They explained that their hunger for stability transcended their profound desire for democracy. They emphasized that democracy is a luxury that they can not afford on empty stomachs with a collapsing economy. The majority of those that I had discussion with hoped that El-Sisi had learned the valuable lesson that Egyptians are patient but they will not tolerate the repetition of the oppressive days of Mubarak.
The common Egyptian wishes for nothing but to see the foreign tourists bringing currency to the much needed economy, to have suitable employments waiting for their children when they finish their education, to explore and enjoy the attractions in their cities without the fear of being killed for visiting the wrong place at the wrong time and to lead peaceful yet comfortable lifestyles. Egyptians are aching to rid themselves of the deep fear of falling victims to the brutality of the police and armed forces.
It is a well known fact that stability in Egypt is essential for preserving peace in the Middle East. Therefore, the whole world is anticipating seeing Egyptians achieving their aspirations of leading normal daily lives.