Wednesday 18 April 2018
(AFP (eng) 03/30/18)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has won a second term with 96.9 percent of valid votes, state media reported on Friday, raising a previous tally from the preliminary count. The flagship state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram also raised its estimate of turnout in the March 26-28 election to 42.08 percent, saying 25 million of Egypt's 60 million registered voters had cast ballots. On Tuesday, the paper had reported that Sisi was reelected with 92 percent of the vote on a turnout of just over 40 percent. It gave no explanation for the upward revisions. Sisi, who as army chief ousted Egypt's first freely elected president -- Islamist Mohamed Morsi -- after mass street protests in 2013, won...
(AFP (eng) 03/29/18)
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with about 92 percent of the vote, preliminary results showed on Thursday, with just over 40 percent of voters casting ballots. Twenty-five million of the 60 million registered voters, or some 41.5 percent, turned out during the three days of polling that ended Wednesday, state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported. Twenty-three million voted for Sisi. The Akhbar el-Youm newspaper did not report the full turnout but said Sisi won 21.4 million votes, and his rival Moussa Mostafa Moussa 721,000 votes...
(AFP (eng) 03/29/18)
With the re-election of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Thursday, all of Egypt's six presidents bar one have been from the ranks of the military, which overthrew the monarchy in 1952. Here are snap profiles: - Mohamed Naguib, 1953 - The general led the "Free Officers" who overthrew King Farouk and pushed through a radical restructuring of the government and economy. He was named president in 1953 but sidelined the following year by his fellow officers who installed Gamal Abdel Nasser...
(AFP (eng) 03/29/18)
With his trademark black sunglasses and blanket media presence, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, elected this week to a second term in office, projects an air of benign paternalism. Whether the people love or loathe Sisi, see him as a bulwark of stability or as a domineering autocrat -- there is little doubt that he will remain Egypt's president for years to come. He stormed to victory in the 2014 presidential election, having led the military a year before in...
(BBC News Africa 03/29/18)
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is set to be re-elected for a second term, partial results suggest. The state-run al-Ahram newspaper said Mr Sisi had won almost 92% of the 25 million votes counted so far. His sole challenger was Moussa Mustafa Moussa, a little-known party leader who had supported his re-election until his last-minute decision to enter the race. Other potential candidates dropped out or were arrested, prompting opposition figures to call for a boycott. Mr Sisi led the...
(AFP (eng) 03/28/18)
Egyptians were voting on Wednesday in the third day of a presidential election guaranteed to give a second term to Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, leaving turnout as the only contest. Voters trickled into polling stations as authorities encouraged them to show up in high numbers. The country's election authority warned it would implement a law fining people who do not vote 500 pounds (about $30), saying that not voting "serves the interests of people who hate the country," state television reported...
(AFP (eng) 03/28/18)
In Egypt's Nile Delta city of Tanta, scene of a bloody church bombing a year ago, there were few indications Tuesday that the country was in the middle of a presidential election. Several banners were strung in the streets and a speaker from a car blared patriotic songs -- but polling stations were almost empty on the second day of a vote incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi looks sure to win. Among those who did come to cast their ballots Fawzia...
(AFP (eng) 03/28/18)
Liverpool goal machine Mohamed Salah sat on the bench as Egypt barely created a chance when losing 1-0 to Greece Tuesday on a mixed night for African World Cup hopefuls. Tunisia and Morocco won for the second time during the FIFA international window, but Senegal drew again and Nigeria lost after winning last weekend. Reigning African Footballer of the Year Salah has scored 36 goals in 41 appearance for Liverpool this season -- 11 less than the record held by...
(AFP (eng) 03/27/18)
Polls opened in Egypt on Tuesday for the second day of a presidential election incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win easily against a little-known rival. Few voters could be seen at one polling station which opened at 9:00 am (0700 GMT) in Cairo. Authorities have been urging Egyptians to participate in the three-day vote, hoping for a high turnout despite what is seen as a foregone conclusion. Sisi's sole rival is Moussa Mostafa Moussa -- himself a supporter...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/27/18)
CAIRO (Reuters) - Voting got off to a slow start on the second day of Egypt’s presidential election, which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win easily, as authorities urged people to turn out and give the former general a strong mandate. Sisi says he is seeking a second term to repair the economic damage from years of political turmoil, defeat Islamist insurgents and revive Egypt’s role as a pre-eminent Arab power. Critics have slammed the three-day election as...
(AFP (eng) 03/26/18)
Hundreds of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's supporters revelled outside polling stations in Cairo on Monday as voting got underway to celebrate what they expect will be his certain re-election. In the southwestern neighbourhood of Al-Haram, close to the ancient Giza pyramids, women danced and a man beat a large drum, while those gathered around them waved the Egyptian flag and sang in unison. Nearby, trucks carrying large speakers blasted nationalistic and pro-military pop songs, encouraging people to take part in...
(AFP (eng) 03/26/18)
Egyptians headed to the polls Monday in a presidential election to choose between incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and a little-known politician who has struggled to make the case he is a serious contender. Polling stations opened at 9:00 am (0700 GMT) for the three-day vote, in which Sisi is all but guaranteed to win a second four-year term. The president was among the first voters, shown on Egyptian television casting his ballot at a school in Cairo's Heliopolis district under...
(AFP (eng) 03/26/18)
Egypt's interior ministry said police on Sunday killed six alleged Islamist militants suspected of involvement in a failed assassination attempt against a security chief. The Alexandria security chief General Mostafa el-Nemr survived a car bombing aimed at his convoy on Saturday, two days ahead of presidential elections. Two policemen were killed. The ministry said in a statement that police tracked down the cell belonging to the militant Hasam movement in Behaira province, killing six of them in an exchange of...
(AFP (eng) 03/26/18)
The Egyptian government's State Information Service said on Sunday it had expelled a British journalist for The Times for breaking the law by conducting interviews without a press permit. The London newspaper said on Saturday that its correspondent Bel Trew had been expelled last month in a move that signalled an "oppressive environment" for the media. Trew was driven to the airport and forced to board a flight in February, but the London-based paper held off commenting publicly as it...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/18)
A policeman died on Saturday in a bomb attack in Egypt's Alexandria which hit a convoy of the city's security chief, officials said. The car bomb attack in the northern port city also wounded four others, the government press office added, just days ahead of Egypt's presidential election which starts on Monday. General Mostafa el-Nemr, Alexandria's security chief, was not among the casualties of the "terrorist bombing that targeted the convoy", his office said, quoted by state newspaper Al-Ahram. Health ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said the casualties were taken to a military hospital in the Mediterranean city.
(AFP (eng) 03/24/18)
Egyptians will choose their next president in elections starting Monday, with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expected to easily secure a second four-year term. Some 60 million people in Egypt, the most populated Arab country, are registered to vote in three days of polling on March 26, 27, and 28. They will have the choice between the incumbent and one other candidate: Moussa Mostafa Moussa, a little-known politician who registered right before the close date for applications, saving the election from being a one-horse race. "Moussa Mostafa Moussa has little chance of winning a significant number of votes. His campaign is weak, many people do not even know he is running, and he is generally little known,"...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/18)
With his trademark black sunglasses and blanket media presence, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi projects an air of benign paternalism. Whether the people love or loathe Sisi, see him as a bulwark of stability or as a domineering autocrat -- there is little doubt that he will remain Egypt's president for years to come. He stormed to victory in the 2014 presidential election, having led the military a year before in ousting the North African country's first freely-elected leader, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi. Morsi now languishes in jail, convicted on many and varied counts and sentenced to multiple terms including the death penalty. Sisi successfully silenced all forms of political opposition...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/18)
As a supporter of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and yet his sole challenger, Moussa Mostafa Moussa is seen by critics as a token candidate to try to legitimise the Egyptian leader's re-election. The 65-year-old businessman had already started campaigning for Sisi when he himself was declared a candidate on January 29, the final day for applications to run in this month's presidential election. A Facebook page in Moussa's name at the time featured a photograph in support of the president,...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/18)
Egypt's military is conducting a sweeping assault to crush a resilient Islamic State branch in Sinai, but the jihadist group is unlikely to be vanquished quickly, analysts say. The operation was launched on February 9 after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to sweep to a second term in polls next week, gave the armed forces and police a three-month deadline in November to wipe out the jihadists. The deadline has since been extended, and the armed forces launched...
(AFP (eng) 03/24/18)
A British journalist for The Times has been expelled from Egypt, the newspaper said Saturday, in a move it said reflected the "oppressive environment" created there for the press. Bel Trew was driven to the airport and forced to board a flight in February, but the London-based paper held off commenting publicly as it sought to negotiate her return to cover elections starting on Monday. This had proved fruitless, and a spokeswoman said: "The Times deplores this attempt to intimidate...

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