Sisi is already lowering expectations.
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Field Marshal Sisi prepares economic programAs he nears announcing a run for Egypt's presidency, Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has been focusing on preparing an economic program, senior generals and government officials say, demonstrating the wariness within the military over the scale of problems facing the country. The military, Egypt's most powerful institution, has put its reputation on the line with a Sisi presidency, after its top generals publicly backed his candidacy in January. That means it too could face a public backlash if his administration fails in a country that since 2011 has already risen up in massive protests against two presidents.Hamdeen Sabahi, a leftist politician who finished a strong third in Egypt's 2012 presidential election, and a retired chief of staff of the armed forces, Sami Anan, have already announced their intention to run.Though he would have to leave the military to run, Sisi would become Egypt's fifth president to come from the military since the ouster of the monarchy in the 1950s. Sisi became more blunt about the nation's woes in televised comments aired Thursday.
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