Egypt

Sisi to protect Israel, US interests

364390_Egypt-SisiEgypt’s presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been installed in the North African country to safeguard the interests of the United States and Israel, an analyst tells Press TV.

“The United States and Israel…have installed a military dictatorship over Egypt which differs very little from what existed before under [former president] Hosni Mubarak,” Mark Glenn told Press TV.

He added that Washington and Tel Aviv would not have fomented the 2013 coup in Egypt “if it had been against Washington’s interests, and if it had been against Israel’s interests.”

Glenn said US and Israel favor Sisi because of his ability to use “the full force of the Egyptian military” against the Egyptian people.

“Sisi is going to be Washington’s man, going to be Israel’s man,” said the analyst, adding, “Israel and the United States understand that the demographic and the political tension in Egypt is so strong and so powerful.”

Glenn said Israel and the US picked Sisi for Egypt due to his military background and his familiarity with the fabric of the Egyptian society.

The presidential election in Egypt entered its second day on Tuesday amid high security measures to counter possible threats.

Sisi, who toppled the government of first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in July 2013, is expected to win the election with a landslide.

Sisi’s victory in the presidential vote would place Egypt’s presidency back in the hands of a top military official just three years after Egyptians rose up against former dictator Mubarak, an air force officer who ruled Egypt for nearly three decades.

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