The Egyptian Government has extended one more day the elections due to the low turnout on the two previous days. The vote was supposed to become a plebiscite to put in power ex general Abdel Fatah El Sisi, but the low turnout is bad news for him who had hoped to collect easily a large popular support.

The  Government said people didn’t go to the polls the previous days because of the hot weather, but the supporters of the ousted president Morsi and other organisations had called for a boycott on the vote. The analysts talk also about the disenchantment of the people and their fear that El Sisi becomes another autocrat ruler for Egypt. Others also comment that El Sisi wants  to collect more votes than the toppled Morsi did, and this is why they extended one more day the elections.

The Government have situated the turnout so far in a 37% but the observers said it might be even lower. In any case it seems that there is not a big enthusiasm for the leading candidate, who will win anyway according to the polls.

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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