Egypt’s grandiose neo-Pharaonism and strongman politics

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Over the course of the past year, the Egyptian government, led by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has been transporting the millennia-old remains of the Pharaohs from the Museum of Antiquities outside Tahrir Square to the new Grand Egyptian Museum outside of the pyramids at Giza. The fanfare started in April, with 22 mummies making their way through the forcibly-cleared streets of Cairo and a nationally-televised celebration dubbed the “Pharaohs’ Golden Parade.” It continued in August, with the so-called “solar barque” transported through Cairo in a remote-controlled vehicle imported from Belg…

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