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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Our nation’s columnists can only think about what El Sisi’s second term has in store for Egypt

The only thing on the brains of the nation’s columnists: What does President Abdel Fattah El Sisi’s second presidential term have in store for Egypt. The president begins his next four years with several key problems, including shoring-up his waning popularity while pushing ahead with necessary reforms, all of which need better governance to be dealt with correctly, Khaled Sayed Amin writes for Al Shorouk. El Watan’s Emad El Din Adib and Al Ahram’s Abdel Azim El Bassel each have a wishlist they’re sending to the president on behalf of the populace, including an end to high inflation, seeing tangible effects of economic reforms, and the resolution of Egypt’s ongoing tussle over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Meanwhile, Emad El Din Hussein sees reason to be optimistic that the next four years will see the country’s political space opening up and allowing for dissenting opinions to be expressed freely, noting that El Sisi has specifically mentioned this goal more than once.

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