Power and energy: the Egyptian presidential election

This article was originally published on Fair Observer.

The election comes after months of tension and violence in the aftermath of Mohammed Morsi’s ouster on July 3, 2013. Casualties on the sides of anti-coup protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters, but also of security forces, are in the hundreds. Many Brotherhood members and secular youth activists have been imprisoned, while some have been handed extended jail sentences or even face death.

Sisi has vowed to restore stability. In a message to US President Barack Obama, the presidential candidate said: “We are fighting a war against terrorism.” Despite riding on a mass wave of support, however, Sisi’s critics accuse him of harsh human rights violations. When the former general assumes office, he will have to address many issues to please his supporters, including fixing the Egyptian economy.

Fair Observer’s Middle East Editor, Manuel Langendorf, speaks to Justin Dargin, a leading geopolitics expert. Dargin has extensive research experience in the Middle East and is the author of three books on the global energy market.

Langendorf and Dargin talk about the Egyptian presidential election, the country’s energy crisis and its potential consequences.

This article was originally published on Fair Observer.

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