CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, who has dominated with an unquestioned grip for the previous 9 years, received reelection to a 3rd, six-year time period in workplace, election authorities introduced Monday. He ran towards three just about unknown opponents.
El-Sissi recorded a landslide victory, securing 89.6% of the vote, the Nationwide Election Authority mentioned. Turnout was 66.8% of greater than 67 million registered voters.
“The voting proportion is the very best within the historical past of Egypt,” declared Hazem Badawy, the election fee chief, who introduced the official ends in a televised information convention.
The vote was overshadowed by the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza on Egypt’s japanese border, which has threatened to broaden into wider regional turmoil.
The North African nation can be within the midst of an financial disaster, with month-to-month inflation surging above 30%. Over the previous 22 months, the Egypt pound has misplaced 50% of worth towards the greenback with one third of the nation’s 105 million individuals already residing in poverty, in line with official figures.
A key Western ally within the area, el-Sissi has confronted worldwide criticism over Egypt’s human rights report and harsh crackdown on dissent. A profession military officer, el-Sissi, as protection minister, led the 2013 army overthrow of an elected however divisive Islamist president amid widespread avenue protests towards his one-year rule.
El-Sissi was first elected as president in mid-2014, then reelected in 2018. A yr later, constitutional amendments, handed in a normal referendum, added two years to el-Sissi’s second time period, and allowed him to run for a 3rd, six-year time period.
His victory within the newest election was extensively deemed a foregone conclusion. His three opponents have been marginal political figures who have been hardly ever seen throughout the election marketing campaign.
Hazem Omar, head of the Republican Individuals’s Social gathering, got here second with 4.5% of the vote, adopted by Farid Zahran, head of the opposition Social Democratic Social gathering with 4%. Abdel-Sanad Yamama, chairman of the Wafd Social gathering, obtained lower than 2% of the vote.
An bold younger presidential hopeful, Ahmed Altantawy, dropped out of the race after he did not safe the required signatures from residents to safe his candidacy. He was thought of el-Sissi’s most credible opposition determine and mentioned that harassment from safety businesses towards his marketing campaign workers and supporters prevented him from reaching the vote threshold for candidacy.
Within the months previous to the election, el-Sissi vowed to handle the nation’s ailing economic system with out providing specifics.
Specialists and economists extensively agree that the present disaster stems from years of mismanagement and lopsided economic system the place personal companies are squeezed out by state-owned corporations. The Egyptian economic system has additionally been harm by the broader repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic and the continuing Russian conflict in Ukraine, which rattled the worldwide market.
El-Sissi’s authorities initiated an bold IMF-backed reform program in 2016, however the austerity measures despatched costs hovering, exacting a heavy toll on unusual Egyptians.
Final December, the federal government secured a second IMF deal on the promise of implementing financial reforms, together with a floating alternate price. The coast of primary items have since jumped, notably imports.
Timothy Kaldas, deputy director of the Tahrir Institute for Center East Coverage in Washington, mentioned a fast repair to Egypt’s economic system is extremely unlikely.
Inflation will stay excessive and traders weary, he mentioned. “With out inclusive progress and funding, Egypt won’t ever attain a steady footing.”
Beneath el-Sissi’s watch, 1000’s of presidency critics have been silenced or jailed. They’re primarily Islamists but in addition outstanding secular activists and opposition figures, together with a lot of these behind the 2011 rebellion that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.