Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was re-elected for a second four-year term after winning more than 97% of the votes in last week’s elections, according to official data.
It is the same percentage of support that was achieved in the last elections held in 2014. But this time the share fell to 41%, 6% less.
According to the Egyptian electoral authorities, 7% of the 24 million ballots deposited in the polling stations were not valid .
Many detractors of the current Egyptian government, including organizations such as Amnesty International, question the cleanness of the elections and claim that the result was decided in advance.
The only rival of the president was Musa Mustafá Musa, a candidate little known by the public who leads the al-Ghad party and who had previously shown his support for the re-election of Al Sisi.
The number of voters who deposited null votes doubled that of those who chose to support Musa.
The opposition had called for a boycott of the elections and several candidates withdrew from the race or were arrested. Al Sisi has denied having anything to do with his rivals’ decision to withdraw.
The current president, formerly the maximum command of the Egyptian army, led the military maneuver that in 2013 led to the fall of Mohamed Mursi, the first democratically elected president in the history of the Nile country.
Thousands of Egyptians had demonstrated in the streets against the Mursi government.
Allegations of abuse
For many in Egypt, Al Sisi represents the return to an autocracy protected by the army. But his followers consider him the hero who saved the country from three years of instability and the government of growing Islamist tendencies of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Born in a family of artisans and merchants in Cairo on November 19, 1954, he was a disciplined and focused young man in his studies.
Al Sisi graduated from the military academy and left his family home in 1977, moving to various positions in the Armed Forces to be promoted to the maximum rank, “field marshal”.
One of his missions was that of military attache at the Egyptian embassy in Saudi Arabia, a country that has given full support and financial assistance to the Egyptian economy.
His name began to become better known in unfavorable circumstances, in June 2011, when he had to go publicly to admit that members of the army had subjected to virginity tests women arrested during the mass protests against Hosni Mubarak in Tahrir Square.
Since then, Egypt has been embroiled in what human rights activists describe as an unprecedented attack on dissent and there has been the detention of tens of thousands of people in the country.
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