The good wife of Pharaoh? An inside glimpse into the woman behind Sisi

Published June 5th, 2014 - 15:06 GMT

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Sisi Intisar Amer
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Image 1 of 7: Intisar coming out: The wife’s name first came into public when her hubby decided to run for president. “Behind every great man, there’s a great woman”? The jury’s still out on the truth to this axiom!

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Image 1 of 7: Intisar is more of a conservative fashionista: Rumor has it, she used to wear a veil, but not when she met members of Egypt’s armed forces during a ceremony with her hubby, earlier this year. She swapped the niqab for a trendy hijab, hushing up claims that she was dyed-in-the-wool.

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Image 1 of 7: Highschool Sweethearts? Intisar and Sisi are closer than you think: they’re actually (kissing) cousins! Mr. President fell in love with his wife in high school during the 70s, and after a long love story they married in 1977 once he graduated from the Military Academy. He couldn't afford to be a commitment-phobe until he’d grown a full beard!

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Image 1 of 7: Intisar is a dedicated mother who devoted her life to raising their four children: Mustafa, Mahmoud, Hassan and Aya. Word is that Mrs. Sisi is also in high demand for countless job offers, which she turned down to be a homemaker. She could be more Muslim Brotherhood wife material than her husband would like to admit!

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Image 1 of 7: Rumor has it that Intisar is a close friend of Suzan “Matchmaker” Mubarak, and that Suzan played a huge role in getting the lovebirds married! Perhaps the Mubarak legacy lives on through the presidential wives?

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Image 1 of 7: Analysts say that Intisar isn’t one for the public eye, unless it’s required as a wifely duty. The new first lady may be a tad old school, as she believes a woman’s natural place is at home supporting her husband and kids, not gallivanting around town!

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Image 1 of 7: Mrs Sisi is now stuck in the First Lady track for the next four years so, as demure and camera-shy as she may be, she’s gonna have to suck it up and court the public as all consorts before her. How will this shrinking violet reconcile her preference for the shadows to her duty to face the public eye?

General Al Sisi may have won Egypt's presidential elections with 96% of the vote (unofficial statistics) this week, but his victory means a win for his entire family as well. Packing their bags ready for the big move to the presidential palace are Sisi's wife and kids, who will now become as talked about by the world as their father's arguably dubious policies.

Meanwhile, the First Lady will be placed in a category of her very own, as she becomes the new center of attention in the eyes of housewives and fashionistas everywhere. Although her position as Sisi’s wife automatically renders her Egypt’s most powerful woman, it is not clear if she’ll be flexing any muscle. She seems to be perfectly content with the Mrs. Sisi title.

The claim is that she was offered multiple high-end positions, but no CV-plumming job titles were enough to tempt her away from her “good wife” responsibilities.

Let’s take a look at who the woman behind the “successful man” really is. Meet Intisar Amer. Tune into her ride through the kerfuffle of becoming Egypt’s new First Lady…

Morsi’s wife vs. Sisi’s wife

Although both ladies sport the hijab, a glance at their respective photos reveals that they are in fact from opposing ideological religious spheres. ِEven though she is rumored to wear the niqab, one must not to forget that the niqab is the anti-thesis of Sisi’s ideological stance. Her attire, unlike Morsi’s wife, distances her from the MB camp, and presents her as the moderate, while devoted Muslim. Her niqab photo was dubbed a dissembling stunt -- much like Michael Jackson’s veiling of his children.

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