As expected, the former Egyptian general Abdel Fatah El Sisi swept in the presidential elections with more than 93% of the votes. A victory shadowed by the low turnout (44%). The efforts of the government to boost the turnout were useless. They even added a third day to the elections but didn’t reach the 50% mark, nor the 80% turnout el Sisi had called for.
Despite all this the fact is that according to the Egyptian media El Sisi won with around 22 million votes a lot more than the votes obtained in 2012 by the toppled Mohamed Morsi, who won with a higher turnout (52%) but obtained only 13 million votes in a much more disputed election in a second round in which he obtained 51.7% of the votes.
With the El Sisi victory things are not going to change too much in Egypt. He was the strong man in the provisional Government and now he will feel legitimated by millions of voters to keep doing what he was doing till now. During the campaign he didn’t give much clues about how will tackle the economic crisis and is relying in the blind confidence of his followers who idolise him as the strong man who ended the rule of the Morsi Government and is trying to crush the Muslim Brotherhood.
Would this result bring stability to Egypt? Or would bring an other autocrat regime in power?. Till now he has acted as an authoritarian leader.
It’s significative that the “roadmap” to restore democracy had been changed, because it had been contemplated to hold first parliamentary elections. But when El Sisi decided to run for president they rearranged the plan to hold first the presidential elections. Now he has won and has all the power. Let’s see what will happen with the rest of the “roadmap” to the normalisation of the political landscape.
The strong support of the voters who did go to the polls and the low turnout can mean that the country is still highly divided and its future is complicated.
Abdel Fatah El Sisi