AFRICANGLOBE – Forbes magazine has chosen President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi as Africa’s most influential leader in its latest issue. The Egyptian president ranked 51st in the magazine’s 2014 list of ‘The World’s Most Powerful People’.
Seventy-two heads of states, international organisations and world corporations were named on the list, which is headed by Russian leader Vladimir Putin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel came fifth on the list, making her the most powerful woman. Chair of the US Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, is sixth on the list, making her the second most powerful woman according to Forbes magazine.
United States President Barack Obama came second on the list, while Chinese President Xi Jinping came in third and Pope Francis I of the Vatican came in fourth.
The magazine cited Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi’s role in the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, his election as president in May with 96.6 per cent of the vote, his initiatives against terrorism and his government’s recent reforms to stabilise Egypt’s economy as reasons for the selection.
“The new Egyptian president is driving forward much-needed economic reforms in the country and is seen by the West as a moderate force in the region”, the magazine said.