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Saturday 21 July 2018

Egypt votes on final day of election with all eyes on turnout

Nearly 60 million Egyptians are eligible to vote and official results are expected on April 2.

Women wait to vote in front of a polling station in Cairo, Egypt (Amr Nabil/AP)
Women wait to vote in front of a polling station in Cairo, Egypt (Amr Nabil/AP)

By Associated Press reporters

Egyptians are voting on the final day of an election that is virtually guaranteed to hand a second four-year term to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Mr el-Sissi faces only a token opponent in balloting that resembles the referendums held by autocrats for decades before the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 briefly raised hopes of democratic change.

The government is hoping for a high turnout to lend the vote legitimacy, and has staggered the voting over three days.

Official results are expected on April 2.

Nearly 60 million Egyptians are eligible to vote in some 13,700 polling centres.

Turnout appears to be low so far, with short lines in front of some polling stations and others virtually empty.

Press Association

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