After a one-year hiatus from military leadership, Egypt returns to its military-dominated roots with the newly elected president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, a former military chief.
Sisi, who led a coup last year against the country’s first freely elected president Mohamed Morsi, won the presidential election with a landslide victory against his only rival, the leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi.
Sabahi conceded defeat but denounced the election results as non-credible. His attempted call for an elections voting results recount was denied over the weekend by the country’s elections board.
Observers and experts from the international community said Egypt’s political environment makes it impossible to have democratic elections.
The presidential elections, which took place at the end of May over a three-day period, saw tepid turnout of voters when compared to the millions of Egyptians that turned out to vote during the country’s 2012 first presidential election.
Sisi’s assumes the country’s leadership, promising to institute and implement economic reforms that will fix the country’s economy.
– THE AFRICA BAZAAR Staff Writer