Egyptians Cast Votes in Presidential Election Amid Economic Crisis and Regional Tensions

As Egyptians hit the polls for the second day of the presidential election, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is anticipated to secure a third term.

The country faces economic challenges and a conflict on its border in Gaza. Despite limited interest, authorities emphasize voting as a national duty.

Voters, some arriving by bus, gather at polling stations with patriotic tunes playing. Passant Tarek, a 27-year-old dentist, stresses voting as crucial during these critical times.

Critics label the election a sham due to a decade-long crackdown on dissent, while the government claims it promotes political pluralism.

Reports reveal voters bussed to polling stations and receiving basic commodities for participation. Plainclothes police presence is notable.

The National Election Authority reports high turnout on the initial day. With a backdrop of political tension, economic struggles, and skepticism, Egyptians engage in a pivotal electoral process.

(Credit: Reuters)

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