12 October 2013

Egypt: CBS - Freeze of U.S. Aid Boosts Sisi Popularity

US decision to withhold millions of dollars in mostly military aid to Egypt could boost the popularity of the military chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, whom the US is trying to pressure to ensure a transition to democracy and ease the fierce crackdown on ousted president Mohamed Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood group.

The freezing is also fueling anti-US sentiment and the perception that Washington supports the ousted president, according to CBS News.

Warnings that Washington might cut off aid were met with a defiant response in the Egyptian media.

"Let American aid go to hell," screamed the banner headline of Thursday's edition of Al-Tahrir, an independent daily that is a sworn critic of the Brotherhood and the United States.

Egyptian newspapers and television have for weeks taken a deeply hostile line toward the United States, portraying Washington as unhappy to see Morsy and his Muslim Brotherhood lose power and lambasting it for allegedly meddling in Cairo's affairs.

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