Egypt’s former military chief and presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is set to win the country's presidential election by an overwhelming majority. According to a CNN report, exit polls suggest al-Sisi won 95.3 percent of the vote, while his opponent Hamdeen Sabahy managed to secure only 4.7 percent.
Due to Sisi’s heavy-handed approach to undermine opposition and the embarrassingly low voter turn-out, the elections might be justly termed as free, but not exactly fair.
Monday and Tuesday were initially scheduled as the official voting days and government holidays were declared at the last minute to try and boost participation. When even that failed to work, polling was extended by another day.
Several reasons can be attributed to this sham of an election. The bloody onslaught against Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement is one of them. More than 1,400 people have been killed and 16,000 detained after the Egyptian army initiated a crackdown on the Brotherhood which, according to them, was a ‘terrorist’ organization.
The Brotherhood has, in response, called for a boycott of the elections as have several secular and liberal activist organizations.
Although the final results will be announced on Monday, Sisi’s position as the country’s next president appears to be secure.
During the French Revolution, a despotic King Louis XVI was overthrown in the name of democracy and nationalism. His ouster was followed by violent times during a short-lived elected government, which was overthrown by Napoleon Bonaparte. How different is modern-day Egypt?
Here are some of the pictures from the Egyptian elections: