Election in Egypt: A Hope!

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Millions of voters casted ballots across Egypt to choose a new president, for the second time in two years on 26th and 27th May, 2014. Elaborate security arrangements were made amid fear of attacks by militants seeking to disrupt the polls. The results will be announced on 5th June.

Former army chief Abdul Fattah el-Sisi, who deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi last year, is standing against Left-wing candidate Hamdeen Sabahi.

A movement called 'Finish Your Favour' has claimed to have collected 26 million signatures asking el-Sisi to run for president. The Revolutionary Forces Bloc will back Sisi for president.

The Moderate Front, which is a group made up of former jihadis, ex-members of the Muslim Brotherhood and ex-al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya members, have also supported Sisi.

Given the huge support that he enjoys, el-Sissi could win by a huge margin. His camp, though, will be focussed on turnout. If it's high, el-Sissi can claim the nation is behind him and tell the world that his ouster of Morsi reflected the will of Egyptians.

Low turnout would show the narrowness of his support in a country that has risen up against two presidents since 2011. If Sabahi manages to thwart a landslide with a respectable showing, it would be a further blow, showing active opposition to el-Sissi despite the media hype.

Egyptians are desperately looking to restore security and revive the economy. Failure to show tangible results could trigger a new wave of unrest that some fear could be even more violent.

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