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Sisi victory deals 'deadly blow' to revolutionary youth movement

The leaders of Egypt’s revolutionary youth movements anticipate a long-term struggle to regain some sense of unity.
A billboard of president and former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seen on top of a building as sandstorm hits the city of Cairo, June 4, 2014. Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won 96.91 percent in Egypt's presidential vote last week, the election commission said on Tuesday, confirming interim results that had given him a landslide victory. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) - RTR3S7JO

CAIRO — As Egypt's military strongman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was declared president with a landslide 96.9% of the vote, and as the ailing nation prepares an inauguration ceremony that will cost millions, the revolutionary youth are contemplating a grim political future wherever they are — in jail, in exile or occupying opposition seats expected to be extremely vulnerable to the highly anticipated wave of oppression.

Egypt's revolutionary youths who represent different ideologies, political parties and movements have gone from a fragile coalition to an opposition front torn by internal divisions, and finally agreed — for the first time since January 2011 — that the revolutionary front "has been dealt a deadly blow by Sisi's rise to the presidency in Egypt." Yet, that agreement does not mean they learned from their past failures, or became united. 

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