WASHINGTON — Egypt’s former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is on his way to a sweeping electoral victory, after he replaced the Muslim Brotherhood government under previous Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
Reuters reported that Sisi will most likely become the next president of Egypt, which shocks almost no one. According to early results, he’ll take between 89-93% of the vote.
His only rival and chief opponent, Hamdeen Sabahi, received about 3-5% of the electoral vote, and the partial results were received within 90 minutes after the polling stations closed this past Wednesday.
However, the low turnout worries some analysts. It was estimated about 44.4% of Egyptian voters went to the polls, which means it fell shy of Sisi’s call for 80% of the Egyptian electorate to come out and vote. Analysts, as Reuters said, say this could create doubt in Sisi’s ability to rally the Egyptian people and lead the country.
Yet, he faces major hurdles in his upcoming presidency if he wins the final tally of votes. Morsi did not improve the struggling and stagnant Egyptian economy and instead, created more instability and uncertainty at home with several moves like expanding his presidential powers, imprisoning bloggers and passing an Islamist constitution. He was replaced by Sisi through a military coup, supported by millions of protesting Egyptians. Sisi will have to help Egypt navigate the tough economic road ahead.