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Egyptians Choose a President (Again)

Will the man who removed Islamist Mohamed Morsi from office find enough support at the polls to rule 80 million people?

Egyptians are going to the polls today (Monday) and tomorrow to elect a president in what many see as a foregone conclusion. But the issue is not whether former Field Marshal and Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be elected president – the issue is how many of Egypt’s 80 million citizens will actually turn out to vote.

El-Sisi, whose opponent was socialist activist Hamdeen Sabahi, was responsible for the June 30, 2013 removal of Egypt’s first democratically-elected president.

Former President Mohammed Morsi was backed by the Muslim Brotherhood and elected by a popular vote that many Egyptians said was rigged. The election followed the “January 25 Revolution” that toppled the decades-old regime of former President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.

The “intervention” – as the subsequent military government called it – came in response to months of protests against the increasingly restrictive Islamist regime.

By June, millions of Egyptians had signed a petition asking the president to resign, and were flooding the streets in major cities around the country. But the streets ran with blood as the protesters clashed with their Muslim Brotherhood counterparts, who supported Morsi and claimed the entire scene was a setup by the military.

Now new elections have arrived and the question is whether the country will turn out to support el-Sisi — the military chief who seized the initiative to remove Morsi from office, attempted to restore order to Egypt and has since cooperated with Israel in trying to eliminate terrorist camps in Sinai.

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5 Responses to “Egyptians Choose a President (Again)”

  1. So sad -that Egypt is Again run by the Military and Sharia Laws–thank you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    25 million votes were what put Morsi in office. Many of those votes, especially those in Christian areas were at gun point. 30 million people signed the petition to have the military remove him from office. why is this article one sided in the other direction. It was not the protesters who clashed with the Brotherhood but the Brotherhood with the help of Hamas who attacked the protesters. That is why Hamas and the Brotherhood are now "persona non gratta" in Egypt.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Michael, if the Egyptian people wanted Sharia law Morsi would still be in power. And if Pres. Obama would've taken the time to look at the facts Egypt would still be under our sphere of influence. Instead they had to take money from the Arab countries to the tune of about $30 billion and use it to buy what they needed from Russia instead of us. Because Obama was backing the brotherhood it turned the Egyptians against us. in the Middle East Egypt is a major player and we need them on our side not the Russians. In my opinion because the US has shown such weakness Rusher is running rampant throughout the world because they view it as a paper tiger.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Russia Is running rampant throughout the world because they view the US as a paper tiger

  5. Morsi – A living breathing testament to Obama's failure of leadership on the world stage. He let Iraq slip through our fingers. He lost Libya then Saudi Arabia. Now he is loosing Afganistan. Egypt is now NOT a friend of the United States. Israel, the most important, strongest Democracy in the World – after the USA – is slipping away. Iran led by murders around the World and has been deeply involved in killing hundreds of Americans and Israelis is addressed as an equal to our Republic. Heaven help us.

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