Egypt in 2018: Elections, Divisions and Suppression
Former army chief and Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, swept to power following a 2013 military coup that toppled his predecessor, Mohamed Morsi, subsequently winning a 2014 presidential election with nearly 97 per cent of the vote. His rule has been marked by the suppression of dissent, a crackdown of civil society activity and press freedom, and the repression of alternative political groups.
President Sisi announced in January that he planned to seek a second and final term in office in a general election, the first round of which will take place between 26-28 March 2018. This panel will both reflect on the outcome of Egypt’s election results and consider the country’s future economic and political prospects in the election’s immediate aftermath. To what extent is the 2018 election campaign merely an extension of the internal power struggle among the military and the security services? And is there a possibility of Sisi promoting a more open, free democratic Egypt if his election campaign is successful?