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Egypt holds 2nd day of presidential election; outcome known

With the outcome known, el-Sissi's focus will be on keeping voter turnout high enough to show citizens support his rule.

Published: 27th March 2018 02:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th March 2018 02:52 PM   |  A+A-

A woman casts her vote during the second day of the presidential election at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, March 27, 2018.(AP)

By PTI

CAIRO: Egyptians are voting for a second day in a lackluster election that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is virtually certain to win after all serious rivals were either arrested or intimidated into dropping out of the balloting.

Voters can choose between el-Sissi, the general-turned-president who came to power after ousting in 2013 his elected but divisive Islamist predecessor, Mohammed Morsi, and an obscure politician who registered at the last minute and says he doesn't oppose el-Sissi's policies, Moussa Mustafa Moussa.

With the outcome known, el-Sissi's focus will be on keeping voter turnout high enough to show citizens support his rule.

Today is the second day of the three-day vote a stretch apparently designed to boost participation.

Reporting on the election is restricted, with journalists banned from asking voters who they support.

 



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