Tagged with Presidential Elections

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Re-Election

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Re-Election

God, The election is over, and there were no surprises. President Sisi won re-election with 90 percent of the votes cast. His opponent – 3%. Spoiled ballots – 7%. Overall turnout – 41%. It is a respectable show of support. Critics say the best candidates were discouraged or prevented from running. They say the government … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidates Set

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidates Set

God, After much drama, the result may be straightforward. The presidential election will pit the incumbent against the head of one of Egypt’s smaller parties. The candidate, who registered at the last minute, is also on record as one of the incumbent’s strongest supporters. Some say he is there for show. He says he is … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Settling the Field

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Settling the Field

God, It is the highest post in the land, and therefore the most critical. Fill it with the man of your choosing, but give the people a valid choice. One once-popular candidate revised his desire to run. One once-powerful general fudged his ability to run. One once-marginal activist decried the procedures to run. One still-notable … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidates Pending

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Candidates Pending

God, Presidential elections will take place in Egypt sometime this coming spring. The incumbent is expected to run for a second term. But as of now no opposition is certain. There is time, and there are those who are interested. A former prime minister and presidential runner-up is meeting with his party to determine best … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Election Turnout

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Election Turnout

God, Help Egypt to know herself, and to know what she has done. When millions of people vote, this should be straightforward. But how many millions? In one sense it doesn’t matter, as Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected with 97 percent of the vote. Spoiled ballots outpaced his only challenger. With referendum-like numbers, however, turnout … Continue reading

My Egyptian Run-Off Election Prediction

To open, and to be clear, I have no idea who will win this election. Both Ahmed Shafik and Mohamed Morsy took about equal shares in the first round, the revolutionaries are divided between them and many are boycotting, and who knows what the average Egyptian wants, or if he chooses to vote at all. … Continue reading