Egypt’s President Sisi Re-Elected With 89.6% Of Vote

This handout picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on December 10, 2023, shows Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi casting his vote in the presidential election at Mustafa Yousry Emmera School in Cairo (Photo by Handout / Egyptian Presidency / AFP)

With 89.6% of the vote, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was re-elected to a six-year term, the electoral authorities declared on Monday.

Authority head Hazem Badawy reported that 66.8% of voters cast ballots, a “unprecedented” turnout.

Sisi, a former army chief who has controlled the most populous Arab nation for ten years, has received almost 39 million votes.

In the election that took place between December 10 and 12, the president faced opposition from three relative unknowns.

With 4.5 percent of the vote, Republican People’s Party leader Hazem Omar came in second.

Next were Abdel-Sanad Yamama of the century-old but comparatively small Wafd party and Farid Zahran, the leader of the left-leaning Egyptian Social Democratic Party.

Sisi is now set to serve his third — and, according to the constitution, final — term in office, starting in April.

Motorists drive past campaign billboards of Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi along a street in Cairo on December 7, 2023, ahead of the country’s presidential election. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

Despite Egypt experiencing its greatest economic crisis to date and high levels of tension surrounding the Israel-Hamas conflict in neighboring Gaza, Sisi’s victory is not surprising.

The value of the currency has fallen, and annual inflation is currently at 36.4 percent. This has caused prices for several staple foods to rise weekly, severely impacting household finances.

About two thirds of Egypt’s approximately 106 million people were living on or below the poverty line even before the current economic crisis.

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