Egyptian police raided the offices of a website Tuesday evening, arresting its Editor-in-Chief Adel Sabri, media has reported. Two days earlier, Masr al-Arabia had been ordered by a state media regulator to pay a $2,849 fine for republishing an article from The New York Times, which criticised Egypt's one-horse-race presidential elections.
Since Egypt has just been through an election, with its results announced Monday, one could not help but notice that the number of spoilt ballots has increased considerably from previous years. In fact, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi came first, then came the void votes, and finally Moussa Moustafa Moussa who came in the third place. Sisi amassed more than 21.8 million votes; the invalid votes counted for 1.76 million, and Moussa garnered 656,534 votes.
El puño de hierro del ex jefe del ejército Abdelfatah al Sisi seguirá gobernando Egipto al menos hasta 2022. El mariscal de campo ha logrado el 97,08 % de los votos en unas elecciones presidenciales ensombrecidas por la ausencia de competencia real, las denuncias de compra de voto, las amenazas de multas a los abstencionistas, el desesperado intento de las instituciones de inflar la participación y un clima de feroz represión.
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.
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.
La participación se ha cifrado en torno al 40% de los inscritos en el censo, por debajo del 47% registrado en los comicios de 2014, donde también ganó Al Sisi con un 97% de los votos.
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.
After the end of the first day of the 2018 presidential elections in Egypt, the Cabinet released a statement saying that people’s participation is “moderate”, but questions have been raised around the re
Abdoulaye Diop, head of the African Union Election Observation Mission deployed to monitor the ongoing presidential election in Egypt, said that the Egyptian authorities have fully cooperated with the delegation, providing it with the licenses required to access all polling stations.
El mariscal de campo, que echó del poder en un golpe de Estado al anterior jefe de Estado, Mohamed Mursi, tiene un único rival, un candidato afín al propio militar.
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.
Musa Mustafa Musa, el único rival del mandatario egipcio, Abdelfatah al Sisi, en las presidenciales del próximo lunes asegura a EFE que tenía la intención de votar por éste pero tras la detención de los otros candidatos decidió concurrir para que las elecciones fueran "democráticas".
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.’
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.
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.
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 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.
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, 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.