The military’s economic might has expanded since Sisi became president, and companies owned by the military have flourished, causing concern amongst local businessmen and foreign investors.
In November 2016, an agreement was signed between the IMF and Egypt providing for a $12 billion loan to be delivered in five steps in the course of three years.
Declaring the Muslim Brotherhood an FTO would be incorrect and counterproductive due to the Brotherhood’s diffuse and divided nature.
Egypt's 596-member parliament, dominated by Sisi's supporters, approved the amendments on Tuesday, voting by 531 to 22 in favor.
Egypt's parliament has moved to pave the way for Sisi to stay in power until 2034 with constitutional reforms.
On April 9, Sisi heads to Washington, where he will meet with Trump to cement “Egypt’s longstanding role as a lynchpin of regional stability,” according to a White House statement issued on Friday.
Trump and Al Sisi "will also discuss developments and shared priorities in the region, including enhancing regional economic integration and addressing ongoing conflicts."
Article 226 stipulates that no amendments will be made to the re-election of the president in a way that consolidates his power and postpones elections.
Facebook hashtags including #fatsagainstthepresident and #togetheragainstfrenchfries poked fun at both Sisi's remarks, with one Facebook post calling for a campaign for a nation with no potatoes.