But an article published in the pro-military Al-Ahram weekly newspaper Thursday morning took the adoration of Gen. Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to an entirely new level. It was written by Lubna Abdel Aziz, a well-known Egyptian actress from the 1960s who has made headlines before with her outspoken political beliefs.
Here are some choice excerpts from her article:
In the full vigour of his prime, he exudes a magic charm, afforded to a select few. His physical appearance — and appearance counts — is flawless….
His bronzed, gold skin, as gold as the sun’s rays, hides a keen, analytical fire within. He challenges the world not with bellows and bravura but with a soft, sombre reproach, with an audible timbre of compassion.
There is almost poetry in his leadership, but the ardour of the sun is in his veins. He will lead us to victory and never renounce the struggle, and we will be right there at his side.
#CatchTheSisiMania is now going strong on Twitter.
He is manly and masculine like a ray of light in the summer. It’s not for nothing that he was called ‘tripod’ in school. #CatchTheSisiMania
The oil in his hair can be used to power #Egypt through its next benzene shortage. #CatchTheSisiMania
As strong as the Aswan dam, as fertile as the Nile delta, he has metaphorically and literally fathered the nation. #CatchTheSisiMania
#CatchtheSisiMania His words are so potent they have the ability to fertilize the entire Nile Delta and single-handedly end food shortages
#CatchtheSisiMania His speech is like dripping honey, so sweet that his mere presence has caused a surge insulin resistance amongst the ppl