Letter from Cairo: from Our Own Correspondent

Private Eye: No. 1371 | 25 July - 7 August 2014
AFTER the months of turmoil in Egypt and an ill-advised flirtation with fundamentalism, it’s a relief to know that we are again in safe hands. Our president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, may well have spent a lifetime in the military, but he is already showing himself to be a leader who listens.
And where better to start, immediately after his inauguration last month, than a breakfast meeting with the four-term president of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika? Sisi might have needed to listen quite hard, as the stroke-addled, wheelchair-bound Bouteflika can barely muster a murmer these days, but the new pharaoh would have learnt that if you have the khaki boys with you, paralysis, dodgy elections and international criticism are no bar to a successful political career.
Under the stewardship of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea’s great democrat, the African Union summit in Malabo last month decided it had been wrong to call Sisi’s coup a coup and would be re-admitting us to its band of continental harmony. We intend to take such a lesson in forgiveness fully to heart. Surely it is only a matter of time before Hosni Mubarak, serving a three-year sentence for a generation of kleptocracy, is again a free man.
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