26 May 2014

Egypt: Nation Elects a New President to Stabilize Country

Photo: Aswat Masriya
Egyptian presidential candidate, Hamdeen Sabahi.

Millions of Egyptian voters are voting on Monday and Tuesday to elect a new president to steer the country out of crisis after the military ousted the country's first democratically elected president last year.

There are only two candidates, former army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, who deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the left-wing candidate Hamdeen Sabahi. With Mr Sisi heavily favoured to win by a comfortable margin.

The Muslim Brotherhood which was in power till the popular military coup is not represented in the election, which is due in large part to an aggressive campaign by Egyptian authorities to eliminate the movement from Egypt's political landscape.

With the official results expected to be announced by 5 June, this elections is to provide the stability the country needs and bolster relations with key Arab and Western States.

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