Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who ousted Egypt’s first freely elected leader, has won the country’s second democratic presidential election. In a speech after being sworn in he said that “defeating terrorism and achieving security is the top priority in our coming phase”.
Despite much celebration from his supporters, who believe he will bring political and economic calm after years of turmoil, the country remains divided with judicial figures showing that only 46 per cent of voters cast ballots.
As Abdel Fattah al-Sisi takes his place as Egypt’s second democratically elected leader, we will be looking at his roadmap for the country. Are we seeing a return to military dominance of politics and what does that signal for Egypt?
Chaired by Rasha Qandeel, presenter and journalist at BBC Arabic.
Rana Allam is the editor-in-chief of the Daily News Egypt, a newspaper based in Cairo, Egypt.
Mohamed Yehia is the head of multimedia output at BBC Arabic Service.
Tarek Osman is a political-economist focused on the Arab world and the author of the internationally acclaimed Egypt on the Brink. He is author and presenter of the BBC’s The Making of the Modern Arab World.
Dalia Abd Elhameed is the head of the gender program at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR).