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Going Once, Going Twice: Egypt’s Sisi Was for Sale on eBay

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suggested he would sell himself to fix the country's debt. So someone put him up for sale on eBay.

Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reviews troops upon his arrival at Houari-Boumediene International Airport on June 25, 2014 in Algiers. Sisi arrived in Algeria for his first trip abroad since being elected in May and he is expected to meet President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, notably to discuss ways of "promoting the brotherly relations and cooperation that exist between the two countries and on issues linked to the situation in the Arab world and Africa".      AFP PHOTO/FAROUK BATICHE        (Photo credit should read FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Egypt's president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reviews troops upon his arrival at Houari-Boumediene International Airport on June 25, 2014 in Algiers. Sisi arrived in Algeria for his first trip abroad since being elected in May and he is expected to meet President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, notably to discuss ways of "promoting the brotherly relations and cooperation that exist between the two countries and on issues linked to the situation in the Arab world and Africa". AFP PHOTO/FAROUK BATICHE (Photo credit should read FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images)

On Wednesday morning, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said he is so committed to solving Egypt’s debt crisis that he would go so far as to sell himself if he thought it would help.

Quick tip for Sisi: Don’t make promises you can’t keep.

Within hours, the Egyptian leader was up for sale on eBay and soon the bidding was at more than $100,000 — not too bad for an embattled head of state.

The seller, whose username on the online auction site is “dr_motown,” listed Sisi as a “slightly used” field marshal and doctor of philosophers with a military background. That was a stab at Sisi’s claim last year that God anointed him as a doctor who advises “world leaders, politicians … and the greatest philosophers.”

When one interested buyer asked for more information about the product, dr_motown — who has been an eBay member since 2004 and was rated positively by other users for quick delivery times — said Sisi had been used by “his previous owners (Gulf royals).”

eBay didn’t find the posting too funny — it was removed early Wednesday afternoon.

But Foreign Policy screenshot the post before the company took it down:

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Photo credit: FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/Getty Images

Siobhán O’Grady is a freelance journalist working across sub-Saharan Africa. She previously worked as a staff writer at Foreign Policy. @siobhan_ogrady

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