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  • Can Sisi bring together a long-standing political relationship between Kenya and Somalia?

    In a three-way conference in New York, the USA, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Egyptian President Abdelfatah Al-Sisi said the government had come to an end.

    Ideally, regional political analysts have all provided one answer to the question "Can Sisi bring together a long-standing political relationship between Kenya and Somalia," and that is "No."

    For me; I agree with this response because the Egyptian president during his political career recorded several very sensitive points, and maybe a disaster for his political career

    In terms of internal affairs, he totally rejected the will of the people; his troops use direct force to harass their citizens.
    Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets across several cities in Egypt, in a rare show of dissent against President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

    1. In Alexandria, hundreds marched to the waterfront, chanting "rise up, fear not, Sisi must go", while in the port city of Damietta, protesters tore down a large poster of the president
    2. There was no official comment from Egypt's government and state media did not cover the protests.
    3. El-Sisi's "security agencies have time and again used brutal force to crush peaceful protests

    In terms of foreign affairs, he is far worse than the bottom line of being a barbaric leader. Forget Mubarak, Sisi has apparently failed to establish foreign policy;

    To be fair, Sisi has only been in power for a fraction of Mubarak’s long tenure and has undertaken some highly touted (mostly by the Egyptian government) economic reforms that may produce positive results. But in the meantime, Egyptians are certainly poorer than they were during the latter part of the Mubarak era. In addition to the subsidy reforms and other positive measures, Sisi has undertaken several economic decisions that are curious, including constructing a Suez Canal bypass that the Egyptian government has endlessly hyped as the “New Suez Canal” and committing resources to the construction of new capital. These are projects that might be defensible when times are flush, but not when the country needs to climb out of the economic mess that the instability and poor decisions of the last six years have wrought.

    Sisi has taken precisely the opposite approach, declaring the Brotherhood to be a terrorist organization and unleashing the full force of his country’s security apparatus to root it out. The Brothers are not exactly the reformists that they, their supporters and a surprisingly large number of analysts have often portrayed them to be. In their early efforts to capture the state, they flirted with violence. When the Brothers eschewed political change by force in the 1970s, they sought to delegitimize it and mobilize Egyptian society in opposition to the state by providing social services and articulating a moralizing mission that resonated with the values of many Egyptians. They have also been consistently and perniciously anti-American and anti-Semitic. Even with this loathsome history, Sisi’s effort to rip the Brotherhood out of Egyptian society is unlikely to work. The organization remains deeply connected to Egyptian society and its members are too tenacious to give up. Rather, they are likely to take up arms against the state. This is a self-fulfilling prophecy that is politically useful for Sisi, but it is also destabilizing and polarizing for Egypt as a whole.

    Somalia is in a good place and its external affairs remain at the highest level since the collapse. It continues to insist that the maritime case in Kenya should be left to the international court, but the relations between the two countries are restored as before.

    Earlier in February 2019, the Kenyan government expelled the Somali ambassador to Nairobi and called her ambassador.

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    Roble Ahmed

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