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Russia's Role in Egypt's Presidential Campaign

His name is Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi and by late April 2014 the highly-regarded 59-year-old field marshal could be Egypt's next president. It would come as no surprise, Egypt has a strong respect for the military, and more than seven out of 10 Egyptians believe it is good to have the army rule.And yes -- that is ironic. Hosni Mubarak, a proud military man himself, ruled Egypt from 1981 until he was brought down by the Arab Spring protests in 2011 by a country demanding more democratic leadership.Following subsequent elections Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood became president, but he was forcibly removed last July by the military after a turbulent year of rule. Critics say his removal flies in the face of any democratic government and makes a joke of the process.Some argue that Egypt has therefore come full circle. Whether el-Sisi can bring stability and economic growth to Egypt or not, it is clear that the political dynamics of the region are changing and that will present new chall...

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