Title: Egypt Announces Upcoming Presidential Elections Amidst Economic Crisis
Subtitle: Incumbent President El-Sisi Expected to Win Despite Political Challenges
Cairo, Egypt – The National Elections Authority of Egypt has officially declared that the country will hold presidential elections from December 10th to 12th this year. The announcement comes at a critical time, as the nation grapples with a dire economic situation and political unrest.
Current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has been in power since 2014, is widely expected to secure another term despite the economic challenges facing the country. Egypt has been grappling with skyrocketing inflation and a drastic devaluation of its currency since March, resulting in an all-time high inflation rate and widespread economic uncertainty.
Despite the calamitous state of the economy, several politicians have announced their bids to run against el-Sisi. However, experts and political analysts argue that none of these contenders pose a serious threat to the incumbent president’s re-election. This lack of viable opposition has raised concerns about the democratic process in Egypt.
El-Sisi’s presidency has been marred by a crackdown on dissent, with human rights activists claiming that tens of thousands of Egyptians have been unjustly jailed. Critics argue that this suppression of political opposition has severely undermined the freedom of speech and expression in the country.
Moreover, constitutional amendments made in 2019 have conveniently paved the way for el-Sisi to stand for a third term and extended the length of presidential terms to six years. These changes potentially allow him to remain in office until 2030, stoking further concerns about the consolidation of power.
In past elections, el-Sisi has consistently dominated the polls. In both the 2014 and 2018 elections, he was overwhelmingly declared the winner with an impressive 97 percent of the vote. Many observers have criticized these results, citing concerns over transparency and fairness in the electoral process.
The upcoming election results are highly anticipated, with their announcement scheduled for December 23rd. In the event of a run-off round, final results are expected by January 16th at the latest. As the nation braces itself for the outcome, both supporters and critics of el-Sisi eagerly await the verdict that will determine the political trajectory of Egypt for years to come.
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