Sisi will fail to unify Egyptians’ ranks: White House adviser
Dalia Mogahed - Photo courtesy of brookings
By AYA IBRAHIM

CAIRO: Member of the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Dalia Mogahed stated Thursday that Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has no record that causes the White House to predict that he will be able to unify Egyptians ranks if he wins the upcoming presidential elections in an interview with Al-Jazeera.

Sisi announced on state television that he would run for president on March 26, after resigning from his ministerial position, following a meeting with the Supreme Council of Armed Forces attended by interim President Adly Mansour. Sisi is widely expected to win the presidential elections in the first round, to be held on May 26 and 27.

Mogahed added during her interview that Egypt is now suffering from a state of sharp polarization, saying that the country is besieged by several problems due to deteriorating economic conditions, and the use of force or violence, which disturbs public peace.

One of the reasons that led to former President Mohamed Morsi being ousted from power was his failure in uniting the Egyptian people, Mogahed told the network.

Mogahed also stressed that “the Egyptian media is the major reason behind the feelings of hate prevalent in society, which contributes to spreading hatred and divisions among Egyptians, especiallyas many Egyptian media outlets play a negative role by sowing division among citizens.”

President Barack Obama signed an executive order in 2009 creating the first Office of Religious Partnerships, which aids non-profit and community organizations, and includes an advisory board specializing in interfaith dialogue. Among those who were appointed to the council is Mogahed.

As the first Muslim veiled woman to be appointed to a position in the White House, Mogahed declared previously that her loyalty lies first with the United States, during an interview with Al Masry Al Youm newspaper. Meanwhile, Arabian Business magazine recognized Mogahed as one of the most influential Arab women, and the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre included her in its lists of the 500 most influential Muslims.

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