Sunday 17 December 2017

Ex-army chief set for victory in Egypt

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: on track for election victory. Reuters
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: on track for election victory. Reuters

Tom Dale and Deyaa Adel in Cairo

Egypt's former military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is heading for a sweeping victory in presidential elections, as Egyptians voted yesterday.

The majority of voters said they were backing the former Field Marshal Mr Sisi, who led a military coup in July last year to overthrow Mohamed Morsi.

"We are voting for the man who saved us, who has never let us down, the strong man, Sisi," said Jihan Helmy, outside a polling station in the affluent Garden City neighbourhood.

Asked why they were entrusting their votes to Mr Sisi, electors repeatedly returned to several common themes: security, stability, the fight against terrorism, and the need to revitalise the faltering economy.


Supporters of his lone opponent, the populist Hamdeen Sabahi, were thin on the ground.

In a statement, the Sabahi campaign claimed there had been "various irregularities and violations" of election regulations. The allegation could not be independently verified, and there is no sense that they would alter the overall outcome.

A spokesperson for the EU Election Observation Mission said they would not comment on the process until two days after polls had closed. (© Independent News Service)

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