Egypt’s current president, Abdel Fattah Sisi, won the presidential election – according to Reuters, the Egyptian Electoral Commission announced on Monday. Voter turnout was 66.8 percent.
The victory of the current head of state was expected, it was predicted by analysts and the media. Only three candidates stood against Sisi, but none of them could be considered a serious opponent. The only candidate who had a chance in the elections withdrew from the race, saying that the authorities prevented him from campaigning and arrested his supporters, Reuters writes.
According to Al Jazeera, under Sisi’s government, the authorities have been cracking down on opponents of the regime – thousands of critics have been silenced or imprisoned. According to some analysts, even the presidential elections were not democratic and transparent – many Egyptians then expressed indifference to the elections, because they considered the result to be a foregone conclusion.
“There were no elections, Sisi used the state apparatus and security agencies to prevent any serious contender from running at all,” Hossam Bahgat, head of the independent Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), told Reuters.
Sisi was first elected president in 2014 – but he came to power even before the election itself. Already in 2013, he deposed the first democratically elected president, Muhammad Morsi, in a military coup. He successfully applied for the position again four years later. He won 97 percent of the vote in both cases. In 2019, the constitution was amended, extending the presidential term from four to six years and allowing Sísí to run for a third term.