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Riding the tiger…in a circle

Satellite photo of Cairo, Egypt, c. 2000. (photo: Planet Observer via Flickr)

So all those rallies and courage taken on by many Egyptians, and supported by the West (for a while) have come full circle.

A Pete Townshend lyric come to life (and it isn’t Squeeze Box):

Egypt’s top military body has given its approval for armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to run for the presidency.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) said: “The people’s trust in Sisi is a call that must be heeded as the free choice of the people.”

Security sources say he will resign and announce his candidacy within days.

Field Marshal Sisi led the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi in July, following mass protests against him.

Strongmen love a full-circle, and so, apparently, do western governments.

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