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Pro-Sisi Egyptians Struck by Amnesia

Millions are embracing Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and have seemingly forgotten the ills of military rule that plagued Egypt for decades.
Supporters of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak shout slogans against members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi near a poster of Egypt's armed forces chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, outside a police academy before Mubarak's trial in Cairo July 6, 2013. The slow-motion retrial of former Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak dragged on at snail's pace on Saturday, impervious to the latest upheaval in the country he ruled for 30 years - the military overthro

Egyptians once again find themselves stuck between two extremes: democratically elected incompetence verses a capable hand which risks receding the progress triggered by the Jan. 25 revolution. This is largely considered the main reason for Morsi's triumph against military-bred Ahmed Shaffiq in 2012 — and is the foundation upon which Sisi is creeping the army back to power a year later.

Dubbed "The New Nasser," Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's rise to stardom following his decision to oust Morsi on July 3 brought the army and police force back to the center of power which they had lost just one year before with the country's first democratic election.

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