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Egypt's Sisi vows to work for all Egyptians without discrimination after securing second term

Apr 02 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

In his first speech after winning a second term as Egypt's president on Monday, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi vowed to work for all Egyptians without any discrimination.

"I promise to work for all Egyptians without discrimination. Those who renewed their confidence in me [with their votes] are not different from those who did otherwise. Egypt includes all, as long as a difference in opinion doesn't spoil a nation's cause," President El-Sisi stated in the televised speech after winning a sweeping 97% of the votes.

Egypt's Sisi wins 97 percent in election with no real opposition

Apr 02 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Reuters

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected with 97 percent of votes, the same proportion that the former military commander secured four years ago for his first term but with a lower turnout, official results showed on Monday.

Turnout was 41 percent, despite efforts to get as many Egyptians as possible to polling stations during last week’s vote. Sisi had been virtually guaranteed a landslide win, confirmed by early tallies as voting ended on Wednesday.

Sisi close to second term in office with 97% of valid votes

Mar 30 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Egypt Independent

Preliminary results of the Egyptian presidential election show that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is close to a second term in office after defeating his competitor Moussa Mostafa Moussa, head of the Ghad Party, in a landslide victory. The results showed that 25 million of the eligible voters have casted their votes, and that Sisi gained 23 million of them, accounting for 97 percent of the valid votes, while Moussa obtained 3 percent of the valid votes.

‘I was not surprised by the result’, says Moussa Mustafa Moussa

Mar 30 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Egypt Independent

Presidential runner-up Moussa Mostafa Moussa told al-Ahram he felt proud of the result of the presidential election, after obtaining an estimated 3 percent of the vote, as he said it showed the true will of the Egyptian people and took place in a democratic and transparent atmosphere.

Moussa believes the election has shown that Egypt has passed a dangerous phase, “I thank god that Egypt has become stable and has passed its rough period as shown by this free, fair election,” he said, denouncing any claims questioning the process.

Egyptians vote in final day of presidential elections

Mar 28 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Egyptian citizens headed to polling stations across the country on Wednesday for the third and final day of voting in Egypt's 2018 presidential elections. Voting started from 9am in 13,706 polling stations in all 26 governorates, with the process due to end at 9pm on Wednesday. Vote counting is set to start after the polls close on Wednesday night.

No complaints received since presidential poll started: NEA confirmed

Mar 26 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Egypt Today

The National Election Authority has not received any complaints since the start of the presidential election voting process across Egypt on Monday, according to the authority’s head counselor, Lashin Ibrahim. 

In a statement from Ibrahim, he stated that the voting process is going as predicted, and opened at 9 a.m. However, some polling stations have seen judges swap due to emergency medical conditions, which has caused a delays in opening schools for voters. 

Countdown to Egypt's presidential election begins

Mar 23 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Mass participation in the presidential elections sends the message that Egyptians reject extremism, observers tell Gamal Essam El-Din. The 28-day official campaign period for the presidential elections will close on Saturday, allowing 48 hours for reflection before the polls open. Voting will then take place between 9am to 9pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday says Lasheen Ibrahim, chair of the National Electoral Commission (NEC).

Egyptians should not be scared of speaking out: President Sisi claimed

Mar 20 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said during a TV interview on Tuesday that Egyptians should not feel scared of speaking out freely, and that he is not responsible for the fact that he is not facing strong competition in the upcoming presidential elections.

"[People] should speak as they like. I have no problem at all [with that], and no one should have a problem with [freedom of] speech," El-Sisi told popular film director Sandra Nashaat in the one-hour pre-recorded TV interview, which was titled ‘A nation and a President 2018.’

Moussa denies accusing Sisi campaign of breaching electoral silence

Mar 19 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Egypt Today

Presidential hopeful Moussa Moustafa Moussa denied that he issued a formal complaint to the National Election Authority (NEA) accusing President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's campaign of breaching electoral silence. 

“It didn’t happen,” Moussa said emphatically in a formal statement issued on Monday March 19. He also condemned those inciting a boycott of the election, describing them as “the state’s enemies”.  He affirmed that he will take all legal procedures against anyone who tries to manipulate the Egyptian people. 

Egyptians start voting abroad in 2018 presidential elections

Mar 16 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Egyptian expatriates have started voting in embassies around the world in the 2018 presidential elections. The Egyptian embassy in New Zealand was the first to open its doors on Friday morning (Thursday at 9pm (CLT)) for voters. On Friday morning, The Egyptian embassies in Rome, Berlin and Paris were the first Egyptian missions in Europe to open for the polls.

Egypt's NEA: Electoral silence starts on Wednesday for Egyptians abroad

Mar 14 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Egyptian expats head to the polls on 16 March. Egypt's National Elections Authority (NEA) announced that the official electoral silence period began on Wednesday for 48 hours before Egyptians cast their votes in the 2018 presidential elections.

According to NEA spokesperson Judge Mahmoud El-Sherif, any electoral campaigning activity is not allowed in the media during the electoral silence period, yet public discussion about the elections and its procedures is welcomed.

Egypt dismisses UN human rights criticism as 'baseless'

Mar 08 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Ahram Online

Egypt has dismissed as "baseless allegations" the UN’s human rights chief criticism of the political climate in Egypt in the run-up to this month's presidential elections.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the high commissioner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Wednesday there was a "pervasive climate of intimidation" in Egypt ahead of the vote, marked by arrests, "silencing" of independent media and torture in detention.

Egypt's foreign ministry described the remarks as unfounded and misleading.

U.N. rights chief denounces repressive climate in Egypt ahead of poll

Mar 07 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Reuters

The U.N. human rights chief on Wednesday decried a “pervasive climate of intimidation” in Egypt ahead of presidential elections this month that he said has been marked by arrests, torture of detainees and “silencing” of independent media.

Egypt has stepped up a crackdown on media outlets it deems to be publishing reports which might harm national security, as the country approaches an election where President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is virtually guaranteed a second term, and the military fights to crush Islamic State militants in the Sinai Peninsula.

International soccer bodies ignore blatant rule violations in run-up to Egyptian election

Mar 07 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Middle East Soccer

International soccer bodies, in violation of their own bylaws, have ignored the blatant mixing of sports and politics in advance of this month’s Egyptian presidential elections that general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi is set to win after ensuring that no credible candidate would challenge him.

Ghad Party members march to support Moussa for president

Mar 05 2018
Egypt
Source: 
Egypt Independent

A dozen members of the Ghad Party organized a march in downtown Cairo Sunday to call on citizens to support party head and presidential candidate Moussa Mostafa Moussa for president.

They raised banners that read “Moussa Egypt’s President” and “Go out and participate” to urge people to take part in the presidential election scheduled for late March.

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