Al-Sisi Wins Egypt’s Presidency

Long expected to become Egypt’s president, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi grabbed victory in Thursday’s elections. The man who overthrew Egypt’s first freely elected leader, President Mohamed Morsi, won with 92.2 percent of the vote. His only rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, took 3.8 percent, and 4.2 percent of the votes were declared void. Despite this landslide, the overall voter turnout was lower than anticipated, with 44.4 percent of eligible Egyptian voters going to the polls, a far cry from the 80 percent al-Sisi called for last week. The low turnout suggests that Egyptians may not have as much faith in al-Sisi as his supporters claim.