Atlantic Council

The Big Picture: What Does Egypt’s Presidential Election Mean for its Future?

May 15, 2014 - 12:30 pm

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC
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A discussion with

Yussef Auf
Egyptian Judge and Nonresident Fellow, Rafik Hariri
Center for the Middle East

Atlantic Council

Michael Wahid Hanna
Senior Fellow
The Century Foundation

H. A. Hellyer (via Skype from Cairo)
Nonresident Fellow, Foreign Policy
The Brookings Institution

Moderated by
Amy Hawthorne
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Nearly a year after former president Mohamed Morsi’s ouster, Egyptians will cast their ballots in presidential elections on May 26-7, the second such vote in as many years. Backed by powerful state institutions, buoyed by popular support, and within a highly repressive environment, Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to become the country’s next president. Although the outcome is a foregone conclusion, taking a look at the conduct of the campaign, the space for dissent, and the degree of public participation provides some indications of what the near-term future holds for Egypt and of how al-Sisi may govern, as the country confronts serious economic, political, and security challenges.

Egyptian judge Yussef Auf will discuss the legal and technical framework for the election process. H. A. Hellyer will explore public opinion in the race and popular expectations for al-Sisi’s presidency, and Michael W. Hanna will comment on the implications of this election process and of al-Sisi’s anticipated victory for Egypt’s political development and stability.

 


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