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Egypt Elections Watch

Sisi Mania in Photos

[An Egyptian voter takes a photo of her son with an army conscript outside a polling station in the Cairo suburb of Rod al-Farag. Cairo, Egypt – 27 May 2014. Photo by Jonathan Rashad.]

Expressions of support for former army chief and the presumed presidential election winner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have reached new heights during the lead-up to the 26-28 May 2014 vote. His name and image can be found on billboards all over the buildings, posters plastered on the walls coffee shops, and photos on display at street vendors’ stands. As I covered the elections over the course of the past week in Cairo, I encountered pro-military songs everywhere—coffee shops, driving cars, public transportation, television, outside of polling stations, and even inside of them. Most notably, one could hear the loud tunes of "tislam al-ayyadi" (blessed be the hands), ...

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The President, SCAF, and the Future of Egypt: Interview with Sarah Sirgany

[Egyptian man who was part of Tahrir Square 24 June 2012 celebration of Mohammed Morsi's election as president. Image by Sabri Khaled via Flickr]

The following Skype interview was conducted on 29 June 2012 with Sarah Sirgany, an Egyptian journalist and editor at Egypt Monocle. In the first video, Sirgany discusses the presidential election outome while situating it within allegations of deal-making between the Muslim Brotherhood and the Surpeme Council for the Armed Forced (SCAF). She also identifies the key challenges facing the new president. In the secon video, Sirgany identifies the challenges facing revolutionaries in the wake of the presidential election outcome. She ends her discussion with the constitutional declaration annex and the impact this will have on battles for transformative change in Egypt.

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Latest Egyptian Presidential Vote Count [Updated]

[Candidates' supporters in Cairo on 16 June 2012. Image by Jonathan Rashad via Flickr]

Below is the latest vote count in the 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections. These numbers will be updated as more information becomes available.   

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In Disappointing Transition, Analysts Say Mubarak's Verdict Mocks Justice

[Post Mubarak's verdict in Cairo. Image originally posted to Flickr by Gigi Ibrahim.]

The only trial that has taken place against one of the fallen dictators of the Arab revolutions ended today. The verdicts in former President Hosni Mubarak's trial may have symbolic importance for the region, but many feel they have mocked the hundreds of martyrs who died fighting against a thirty-year-old repressive and corrupt regime, analysts said. Conducted in a transitional period that has been presided over by an unaccountable military body, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Saturday's verdicts highlight the trial's lack of transparency and will have a regressive impact on security sector reform. The outcome may also swing voters ahead ...

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Analyzing Egyptian Presidential Election Vote

[Ink container at polling station in 2012 Egyptian presidential elections. Image by Jonathan Rashad.

    Ahram Online presents a detailed visual breakdown of the results from Egypt's first free presidential elections.         [Developed in partnership with Ahram Online. Ahmed Feteha, Basse

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Why Did Sabbahi - 'One of Us' - Do So Well?

[Graffiti in Cairo pre-presidential elections. Image originally posted to Flickr by Muhammad Moneib.]

During revolutionary times, remarkable social, cultural and economic changes occur. Each phase potentially carries new surprises as a reflection of these emerging changes. The emergence of Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi in third place, so far, behind the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, Mohamed Mursi and Mubarak-era Ahmed Shafiq reveals the significant portion of Egyptians thirsty for social justice. After Islamists – the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists – successfully campaigned for a 'yes' vote in a referendum on the constitutional declaration in March 2011, and then swept the parliamentary elections later in the year, the Islamists managed to win only on ...

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How Did Mubarak's Last PM Make It To Egypt's Second Round of Presidential Elections?

[A woman next to a ballot box. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

Egypt’s landmark presidential race looks to be headed to a decisive run-off round between Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, and Ahmed Shafiq, a veteran loyalist to the regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and with strong ties to the military. While it was highly expected that Mursi would make it to the second round, or even win the first round, because of the firm support of millions of Muslim Brotherhood members and other Islamist elements, the same was not true for Shafiq. Expectations were that Amr Moussa, Egypt’s most prominent foreign minister in the last three decades and a symbol of liberalism, was the one who would be able to beat Mursi. It ...

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Mursi First, Shafiq Second in Egypt President Race With Two Governorates to Tally Up

[A long line of Egyptian women voting. Image originally posted to Flickr by UN Women Arab States.]

Results in twenty-five governorates aggregated by Ahram Online shows that with about 41.8 percent turn out, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Mursi is in the first place so far, followed by Ahmed Shafik, Mubarak's last prime minister, while the leftist candidate, Hamdeen Sabbahi, who proved to be the main surprise so far, fell back  to the third place. Still waiting for Cairo and Giza results. Will we witness more surprise? 1. Mursi 4,406,782 (26.48 per cent) 2. Shafiq 4,115,840 (24.74 per cent) 3. Sabbahi 3,329,519 (20.01 per cent) 4. Abul-Fotouh 2,959,937 (17.79 per cent) 5. Moussa 1,778,244 (10.69 per cent)   [Developed in ...

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Nazlet Al-Semman District: 'Not Everybody Loves the Revolution'

[A ballot box. Image originally posted to Flickr by Zeinab Mohamed.]

On the second day of the presidential elections I went to Nazlet Al-Semman, the village adjoining the Giza plateau just outside Cairo – home to the majority of those pro-Mubarak thugs who waged the Battle of the Camel, taking their camels and horses over to Tahrir Square to attack protesters with a view to disbanding the sit-in. The event was crucial to toppling Mubarak after thirty years in power. Nazlet Al-Semman is best known for tourism – they provide tourists with horse and camel rides in the vicinity of the Pyramids – which has been affected badly by the revolution. As soon as I stepped in the neighborhood it was clear that the majority of the residents blame the ...

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Vote Counting Begins in Historic Egypt Election

[Inside a polling station in Mahalla. Image originally posted to Flickr by Nehal El-Sherif.]

Following two days of voting, vote counting began Thursday at nine pm in the election that will determine Egypt’s next president. Unless one of the thirteen candidates achieves more than fifty percent of the vote, runoff elections are expected for 16 and 17 June. Polls conducted before voting began varied widely, with the election appearing to be a toss-up between five leading candidates. The results are still extremely preliminary because votes are being counted and can later be appealed, but Egypt Independent reporters’ access to ten polling stations in scattered locations across the country provides some insight into Egypt’s possible future. Hamdeen Sabbahi, a ...

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Class Divisions Emerge in Alexandria Vote

[A banner for the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamed Morsi. Image originally posted to Flickr by Nehal El-Sherif on May 23, 2012.]

Despite long lines and hot weather, people in Egypt’s second-largest city, ventured to polling stations to vote in the country's first free and fair presidential election. In Old Alexandria, where much of the city's working class lives and works in the downtown area, many voters told Egypt Independent they would vote for Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi or moderate Islamist Abdel Moneim Abouel Fotouh. There was a strong deployment of military police and naval forces across the city, especially around polling stations. On Wednesday, the first day of the first round of voting, military personnel cruised the coastal city in jeeps blaring old patriotic songs, ...

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Reading The Tea-Leaves: Early Indications of Egypt Presidential Poll Results

[Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh visits a polling station in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, May 23, 2012. Image by Fredrik Persson/AP Photo.]

With the opening of polls in Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential election, five frontrunners have a reasonable chance of making it to the runoff round of voting on June sixteenth and seventeeth. According to most opinion polls, the favorites are Amr Moussa, Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh, Mohamed Mursi, Ahmed Shafiq and Hamdeen Sabbahi. Campaigners for all five presidential hopefuls have said their respective candidates would make it to the runoff. Informed sources, however, say the runoff is likely to feature two out of three frontrunners, namely, Mursi, Moussa or Shafiq. "Most probably, it will be Mursi and Moussa [in the runoff round], but those who ...

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انتفاضة الدفاع عن الرسول بين لوع جماعة الإخوان ومقاومة الاستعمار

 لا يسع من يتابع تطورات الأحداث المترتبة على الفيلم المسيء للرسول في مصر والعالم العربي إلا أن يشعر بحسرة شديدة على ما آلت إليه أحوالنا، بعدما كشفته عبثية الأحداث من تدني مستوى الوعي المهيمن في البلاد ومحدودية قدرات القائمين على الأمور فيها. وقد استفاض الكثير من الزملاء في تحليل ردود الأفعال على هذا الحدث بالفعل. منهم من أشار إلى أن مجريات الانتفاضة التي أعقبت الفيلم ساهمت في نشر فيلم تافه يعيب في الرسول في كل أرجاء العالم تحت إدعاء مناهضته. فلا أظن أننا شاهدنا فيلماً راج بهذا الشكل في خلال العقد ...

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Egypt After the Election: An Interview with Mona El-Ghobashy and Joshua Stacher

Both fresh off of field research trips to Egypt during the presidential election, political scientists Mona El-Ghobashy (Barnard College) and Joshua Stacher (Kent State University) discuss the state of the political transition on Wisconsin Public Radio's Kathleen Dunn Show. Professors El-Ghobashy and Stacher debate the election results and the prospects for a Mohamed Morsi presidency with SCAF lurking in plain sight. They also discuss the state of the revolution, the judicial system, the role of US ...

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On Mubarak's Trial, Presidential Elections, and the Return to Tahrir: An Interview with Sharif Abdel Kouddous

In the following interview Egyptian journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous discusses developments in Egypt in the wake of last Saturday's verdict in the Mubarak trial. The interview begins with an overview of the verdict, the legal process that led up to it, and the erruption of protests in its aftermath. It then tackles the broader context within which the trial and verdict unfolded: the struggle to define the scope of revolution in Egypt. Sharif discusses the (re)emergence of Ahmad Shafiq (Mubarak's last ...

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Sabbahi To Seek Election Suspension, Cites Voting Irregularities

Hamdeen Sabbahi will file a lawsuit calling for the suspension of Egypt's presidential election because of alleged voting irregularities and a pending case over the right of former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq to stand, Sabbahi's lawyer said Saturday. Sabbahi is a leftist presidential candidate who did not make it into the run-offs by a very small margin. "We will present an appeal on behalf of candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi ... to the Presidential Elections Commission, citing a series of irregularities ...

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Why Did Abul-Fotouh Fail In The Presidential Elections?

After seen as one of the frontfronners in Egypt's presidential race, with many expecting that he would make the runoff, Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh's poor showing in the as yet unfinalised results placing him in fourth place has contradicted the expectations of both observers and analysts. The failure to secure enough votes to make it to the runoffs is a surprise given that his campaign was seen to represent a cross-section of the Egyptian political powers from extreme left to extreme right in what ...

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Unofficial Egyptian Election Results: Morsy First, Shafiq Second

Al-Masry Al-Youm has compiled a comprehensive tabulation of results from the first round of presidential elections, which ended yesterday. The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohamed Morsy, looks set to lead Egypt's first presidential election poll following the uprising that deposed Hosni Mubarak last year, taking 5,446,460, or 24.9 percent of the votes. Ahmed Shafiq, a former civil aviation minister under Mubarak who was appointed during the president’s last days in office as prime minister, is a ...

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Egypt Elects its President While in Crisis

One cannot say that most Egyptians sense a political crisis. However, large sectors of activists from across the political spectrum feel the existence of a crisis in Egypt’s political scene. That is why the presidential race is intensely competitive in a manner perhaps incommensurate with the importance of the election itself. This article is an attempt to answer the following questions: What caused the crisis? How has the crisis developed in the past months? How has it been reflected in a general state ...

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Suez, Which Stoked Flames of Uprising, Lukewarm on Election

The first post-revolution presidential election has attracted much hype in local and international media, but that excitement was not reflected in Suez, where the first protester was killed in the 25 January revolution. During the early hours of Wednesday and up until the afternoon, polling stations across the city were mostly empty and queues were hardly visible outside polling stations. At mid-afternoon, Suez Security Director Adel Refaat estimated the voter turnout was fifteen percent of the ...

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In Labor Stronghold of Mahalla, Vote Split Between Morsy and Sabbahi

The city of Mahalla, which some call the "Industrial Citadel of the Nile Delta," conducted its first day of landmark presidential elections Wednesday amid a lower-than-expected voter turnout, witnesses and observers said. Mahalla is home to the largest textile company in Egypt and the Middle East, the Egyptian Spinning and Weaving Company, which has consistently been at the forefront of labor struggles and strikes. This Nile Delta city also boasts a number of other textile mills and ...

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Egyptian Presidential Elections, Day One: Turnout and Trends

The first day of Egypt’s historic presidential elections appears to have passed without incident. Rising voter turnout throughout the day led Hatem Begato, secretary-general of the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC), to extend voting hours by one hour to nine pm to accommodate the increasing numbers. Out of thirteen official candidates, leading contenders belong to three principal ideological fronts. The principal secular candidates include Ahmed Shafiq, ousted president Hosni ...

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The Presidential Race: A Game of Egyptian Roulette

Before going to bed, I decided I was going to write an article on the presidential election first thing in the morning. I closed my eyes, and before falling into a deep sleep, I wondered if there was any use to add to the unbearably noisy pool of voices debating the elections. A group of huge, dark, and hairy mountain rats with glittering eyes invaded my house like locusts. Only minutes later, a new group of rats came pouring into the house from every window and all balconies, moving as if following the ...

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