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article imageEgypt's presidential election commences

By Paul Iddon     May 26, 2014 in Politics
Egyptians have begun voting for a new president today. Former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expected to win a landslide victory and become Egypt's next president.
Reuters reports that those voting for Sisi see him as the strongman the country needs to combat its many woes, which range from the deplorable state of the economy to the threat of terrorism at the hands of Islamist extremists.
The Independent tells us that older Egyptians may welcome such a president and quotes Sisi declaring on television that "I will not sleep and neither will you," when he becomes head of state.
Sisi, as the report points out, quite likes comparing his nation to a lazy child and his nation's army to a strict father who wants to motivate the child and see to him having a bright future.
One 64-year-old Sisi voter named Saber Habib declared that, "We see Sisi as a real man. Egypt likes a strong man. We want the country to move forward and for the people to have bread."
Sisi of course banned the Muslim Brotherhood after he ousted its president Mohammed Morsi last July. The crackdown on that organization has left at least 1,400 people dead.
His only rival of course is a leftist named Hamdeen Sabbahi who also ran in the 2012 election that saw Morsi win a popular vote.
As ABC News reminds us Mr. Sisi has said that organization will have no place in his Egypt.
That same report also reminds us that Mr. Sisi often shies away from making public appearances, citing his fear of being assassinated.
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