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Egypt president’s draconian measures to backfire: Commentator

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The draconian measures taken by the government of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi are an indication of “bankruptcy” and will certainly backfire, says a commentator.

“All these draconian measures taken by General el-Sisi will fire back and they will prove that he is hundred percent wrong, because you cannot suffocate an entire nation and deprive them from their legitimate right to oppose, especially when they oppose… [a] regime which came by tanks to rule against the will of the people,” Mohamed Fareed al-Shayyal, an Islamic Studies expert from London, said in an interview with Press TV.

The expert added that Sisi thinks by introducing these measures he is going to be in control of everything, which is an indication of “bankruptcy” and he is unaware of the disastrous consequences of such actions.

Dozens of civilians will go on trial in military courts in Egypt for allegedly smashing up government buildings as the army increases its powers.

Egypt’s general prosecutor has sent 35 civilians suspected of damaging state property for trial in military courts.

On October 28, President Sisi issued a directive without a sitting parliament, giving the army full rights over public property.

According to the edict, any defendant suspected of a crime in relation to a public property, such as roads, can be tried in a military court.

Human rights monitors and activists have slammed the new presidential decree.

Shayyal further noted that Sisi wants to keep the power “at any price” in his hands, adding that he has actually gone further than Egypt’s former dictator, Hosni Mubarak, in his criminal acts.

“This will indicate soon the fall of him (Sisi) and I expect that to happen very shortly,” he said.

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