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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

US War College-trained Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is a common thug, a ruthless despot, a Trump favorite.

He was illegally installed by toppling President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 by military coup, governing illegitimately, re-anointed for a second term.

He ran virtually unopposed, arresting or intimidating presidential aspirants from running against him.

Army colonel Ahmed Konsowa’s announced candidacy posed a serious challenge – eliminated from competing by arresting and imprisoning him on phony charges.

In December, a kangaroo military court sentenced him to six years in prison for “stating political opinions contrary to the” official narrative – for daring to challenge Sisi’s iron grip on power.

Sisi supporter Moussa Mostafa Mousa was enlisted to masquerade as an opponent, a failed attempt to give the farcical process a veneer of legitimacy.

Three days of voting from March 26 – 28 saw little more than one-third of registered Egyptian voters participating in the sham process, maybe less by inflating the official number – the result clear before polls opened.

Despite most Egyptians despising him, Sisi won with a 92% majority. He could have held power by any margin of victory he wished, the process orchestrated to re-anoint him, failing to achieve the desired turnout.

Bribing voters with food, amusement park tickets and other tricks failed to boost it above the sought 50% level. Promotional campaigns encouraging people to vote fell flat.

Most eligible voters abstained from a process rigged to assure Sisi holding onto junta power.

Governing by brute force and neoliberal harshness, he’s got it as long as Washington continues supporting him – for life if he wishes. Egypt is ruled tyrannically, not legitimately.

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.