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Al-Sisi And Egypt's False Hopes For Stability

Even if General Al-Sisi is elected president because people want a return to the past, he can't pick up where Mubarak left off. The revolution has changed things forever. For better or worse.

A reassuring face
A reassuring face
Moritz Mihatsch

CAIRO — Over the last three years, many political decisions were driven by the idea of stability. Saying “yes” in constitutional referenda was necessary to regain stability. And now with Abdel Fattah al-Sisi running for presidency, a race he is widely expected to win, most of the people who will vote for him will do so because they want stability.

Some from the revolution seem surprised by this, believing that this makes Egypt exceptional and different. But seeking stability makes Egyptians normal. People all over the world seek stability and are adverse to change, and the older they are, the stronger this character trait becomes. When change and the unknown are seen as dangerous, the known and tried solutions seem preferable, even if they are not perfect.

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