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No military reform for Egypt

The roots of the contemporary Egyptian army go back to the 19th century, when Mohammed Ali Pacha decided to create a powerful body to defeat Ottoman rule. Since then, the Egyptian army has been involved in several important wars, most importantly the Egyptian-Ottoman wars (1831-1833 and 1839-1841), the Six Days War (1967), and the War of October (1973). Egypt’s population is well aware of this important role. During the demonstrations that led to the fall of former Presidents Hosni Mubarak (2011) and Mohammad Mursi (2013), a majority called for the intervention of the army to their side. Today, their quest for a national solution encouraged them to choose a member of the military, Field Marshal Abdelfattah al-Sisi, to head the Egyptian state.

Article by Barah Mikail, Security Sector Reform Resource Centre.

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