Although Egypt has a soft dictatorship and so might not be the best venue from the point of view of human rights, it has other advantages. Its population is over 80 million, and so comprises at least a third of the Arab world. Its movies, novels and politics are immensely popular in the Arab world.
It is that cultural and political centrality of Cairo, which Egyptians call “the mother of the world”, that make sense of the president’s choice.
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