Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s presidency is a positive sign for religious minorities in Egypt.
After many months of preparation and speculation, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has won his bid for presidency in Egypt in a landslide victory which is being hailed by world leaders and religious leaders alike. His leadership abilities were put to the test when he helped to prevent civil war as the Commander-in-Chief of Egypt’s military over the last two years, during the ousting of Mohammed Morsi. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s country-first attitude helped him garner widespread support from the citizens as well as the military, the keys, in his mind, to rebuilding the country.
Religious Leaders Welcome Freedom To Practice
While Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is a devout Muslim, he is known for his stance that religious beliefs should be kept private and generally should not take a prominent role in running a nation. This has been especially lauded by Christian leaders and followers who have lived in fear during the last two years where anti-Christian sentiment has reached high levels. For example, Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church has also welcomed the new president, saying that he presents one of the best opportunities for religious freedom to experience resurgence. Catholic Bishop Adel Zaky also believes, “El-Sisi is the right man at the right time... His victory gives us Christians security and a perspective for the future. Better times are coming.” While celebrations are taking place throughout the nation, there has certainly been a collective sigh of relief from many of the minority religious groups.
World Leaders Look Forward To Renewed Talks
Unlike the cold shoulder and bold demands offered by Mohammed Morsi to the Middle East and western nations, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has already shown that he is willing to open talks with former allies and some enemies alike in order to foster the nation’s growth once again. He has said that he will go to great lengths to ensure Egypt’s economic success. While he has not outlined a specific plan, many believe that he will open trades, exports, and imports to help bring Egypt to the forefront of that particular area of the world.
A United Front
Unlike the past, when the military stood apart from the government as a separate entity, both have now been united under Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s leadership. This has mitigated the prior threat of a coup and military installation, which other countries, such as Thailand, have recently experienced. Overall, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi appears to be in a wonderful position to unite the social, economic, military, and political aspects of Egypt to produce a more hopeful future for all citizens of the country.