May 30, 2014

Sisi Held an Election and No One Came

Amir Taheri, New York Post

The Associated Press

He’d hoped it would be a plebiscite for his military coup that toppled Egypt’s first freely elected president last year. Instead, this week’s presidential election seems to have delivered the former army chief Field Marshall Abdul-Fattah el-Sissi a slap on the face.

Sissi opened his campaign by demanding a “historic turnout.” What he got was 42 percent, almost 10 points lower than the last presidential election, the results of which his coup canceled.

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