Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi was born 19 November 1954. He is an Egyptian politician who is the sixth and current President of Egypt, former Director of Military Intelligence, former Minister of Defence, and former General. Starting 10 February 2019, Sisi also began serving a one-year term as Chairperson of the African Union, which concluded in 2020.
Biography & Early Life
Born in 1954, el-Sisi was raised in el-Gamaliya, in an alleyway that lies on the edge of the Jewish quarter of Cairo’s old city. Egypt fought three wars with Israel in his early years, the last of which was in 1973, when he was 19. Upon graduating from the military academy in 1977, el-Sisi married his maternal cousin Entissar Amer. They have three sons and a daughter.
Sisi was born in Cairo and after joining the military, held a post in Saudi Arabia before enrolling in the Egyptian Army’s Command and Staff College. In 1992, Sisi trained at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Watchfield, Oxfordshire, in the United Kingdom, and then in 2006 trained at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Sisi served as a mechanized infantry commander and then as director of military intelligence. After the Egyptian revolution of 2011 and election of Mohamed Morsi to the Egyptian presidency, Sisi was appointed Minister of Defence by Morsi on 12 August 2012, replacing the Mubarak-era Hussein Tantawi.
Sisi AS Defence Minister
El-Sisi continued his military training at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College in 1992 and received a master’s degree from the US Army War College in Pennsylvania in 2006.After serving as security chief at the military attache office in Saudi Arabia, el-Sisi returned to Egypt in 2008 as chief of staff of the northern military zone.
In February 2011, shortly after the Egyptian revolution, a military council assumed control of the country and appointed el-Sisi as the head of military intelligence. El-Sisi was publicly criticised for defending “virginity tests” carried out on female protesters during the revolution, which he said were conducted to “protect girls from rape as well as the army from possible allegations”.
In 2012, elected President Mohamed Morsi appointed el-Sisi as minister of defence and commader-in-chief of the armed forces. One year later, he toppled the presidnt.
El-Sisi’s ascent to power came about in the summer of 2013, during massive anti-Morsi protests planned for June 30. Amid calls for President Morsi to step down, el-Sisi issued a 48-hour ultimatum for the president to “meet the demands of the people,” or call for early elections. Citing electoral legitimacy, Morsi proposed to form a new consensus government, but the military nonetheless went ahead and deposed him once the deadline expired on July 3.
On July 3, in a pivotal statement in Egyptian politics, el-Sisi announced the overthrow of Egypt’s first democratically elected president, the temporary suspension of the constitution, and the appointment of a judge as temporary
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi At Rabaa massacre
Since the overthrow of President Morsi in July 2013, thousands of his supporters camped on the streets demanding his release. In August 2013, the army forcefully dispersed demonstrations in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo, resulting in the death of about 1,000 people.
Human Rights Watch described the massacre as “one of the largest killings of demonstrators in a single day in recent history”. In November 2013, a law was passed banning demonstrations unless they had prior police approval.
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi As President
Initially, el-Sisi denied any intentions to hold the office, and in the run-up to the 2014 elections he said: “you just can’t believe that there are people who don’t aspire for authority.” But on March 26, 2014, he confirmed expectations by announcing that he would resign from the military to run for president later that year.
“I have spent all my life as a soldier for the sake of the country … I am telling you that I intend to run for the president of Egypt, and this support from you will give me this honour,” he declared. On June 3, 2014, he was declared the winner of the presidential election with 96.9 percent of the vote.
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi Net Worth
As a powerful president for many years, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has an estimated net worthof over $185 Million.