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article imageFairness of Egyptian vote questioned

By Paul Iddon     May 29, 2014 in Politics
Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has won the presidential elections in the country as was expected. Low voter turnout however has brought into question the fairness of the vote.
CNN tells us that exit polls indicate el-Sisi won a whopping 95.3 percent of the vote while his only contender, the leftist Hamdeen Sabahy, won a puny 4.7 percent.
However more accurate numbers will be released on Monday.
As previously reported here the authorities struggled to get a sizable turnout for the election to give it legitimacy.
Reuters rightfully points out that the low turnout is threatening to deprive Mr. Sisi the mandate he seeks to implement policies he sees as necessary to pull the country out of the swamp of instability and economic hardship it is currently wallowing in.
Sisi hasn't even declared the specific policies he wants to see implemented.
Reuters quotes Anna Boyd, an IHS Jane's analyst, who explained how, "All in all the weak turnout will make it harder for Sisi to impose painful economic reforms that international institutions and investors are demanding."
Around 46 percent of Egypt's 54 million voters went to vote despite efforts from the government to get people to vote. Sisi had bragged that at least 80 percent of the voters would turn out to vote.
The 2012 election that won the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi the presidency saw a 52 percent turnout. In his former capacity as an army chief el-Sisi ousted Morsi from power. Soon thereafter the Muslim Brotherhood was banned and branded a terrorist organisation.
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