Egypt media criticism of Sisi raises questions on allies' support

By REUTERS
May 14, 2015 09:12

 
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CAIRO - Unprecedented media criticism of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suggests he may no longer enjoy unquestioning support from the diverse groups that helped him to stage an army takeover two years ago.

But diplomats and analysts say there is no immediate danger to Sisi's presidency, and he may even by the victim of his own success in crushing Islamism and stabilizing the economy.

Egyptian newspapers have begun suggesting that Sisi is fallible.

"There is probably no institutional reason for this limited push back in the Egyptian press. What it may show is yet more evidence that the power structures in Egypt are not as cohesive as everyone outside of the country seems to think," said H.A. Hellyer, a specialist in Arab affairs at the Brookings Centre for Middle East Policy in Washington and the Royal United Services Institute in London.

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