Egypt security apparatus mobilises for Sisi re-election
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's intelligence services are already hard at work to ensure his re-election campaign goes smoothly, despite the Egyptian president not yet officially being a candidate.
The process of privatising 32 Egyptian public sector companies, two of them owned by the defence ministry, should have got under way in late April. Its very slow pace has raised doubts among foreign investors about the economic reforms planned by Moustafa Madbouli and his government.
Egypt urgently needs foreign investment but President al-Sisi appears more focused on pleasing homegrown firms as next year's elections loom. Gamal Mubarak, the son of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, sees this as an opportunity to firm up his own presidential ambitions.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has called for a "national dialogue" with hand-picked representatives of the opposition for this week. The aim of this forum is to reduce the risk of internal protests and to satisfy Cairo's Western allies in the run-up to COP27.