Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Associate Director Tarek Radwan is quoted in the USA Today on the intersection of Egypt’s economic and political issues:

“The endemic problems of the Egyptian economy are certainly not going away anytime soon and to address them, a lot of unpopular policies will have to be enacted,” said Tarek Radwan, associate director for research at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.

That could prove problematic for leaders such as Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who will likely be the nation’s next president if he decides to run in the elections.

“Any Egyptian government is going to see some backlash,” Radwan said. “They may be able to weather the storm with the Gulf funds that are coming in. But … how consistent will that funding be?

“That remains to be seen and when that dries up, whatever government is in power is going to be facing a very angry population.”

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