It is essential for Egyptians today that their expectations be met and their daily needs fulfilled. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, keen to be remembered as the president who accomplished most in Egypt’s history, is implementing a number of megaprojects within a challenging timeframe. However, they are coming at the expense of Egyptians’ basic needs. If most of the people appreciated the value of Sisi’s projects, he would not need to periodically remind them of their importance.
The president, who is probably genuine in his desire to make Egypt the best country in the world, is known to be very sentimental. At the beginning of his campaign, he succeeded in touching the hearts of millions of Egyptians. However, as long as he continues to underperform in meeting citizens’ immediate needs, passionate sentimentality will not help him become a renowned president. The vast majority of Egyptians, suffering daily due to government policies, want him to address their pressing concerns.
I believe Sisi has managed to polarize society by privileging one social sector at the expense of others to better manipulate society, regardless of the magnitude of the divisions created. To move the country forward, he urgently needs to unite society. Sisi, who is known to be a solo player, is severely in need of other politicians’ input.