News / Middle East

Egyptians Go to Polls Under Tight Security to Pick New President

Egyptians Go to Polls to Pick New Presidenti
|| 0:00:00
...  
🔇
X
Elizabeth Arrott
May 26, 2014 5:50 PM
Egyptians have begun a two-day election for their next president, with those at the polls showing overwhelming support for former army chief Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi. VOA’s Elizabeth Arrott has more from Cairo.
Egyptians Go to Polls to Pick New President
Edward YeranianElizabeth Arrott
Helicopters hovered over parts of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, early Monday as voting in the two-day presidential election began.
 
Security was tight in many neighborhoods. Police blocked off streets and parts of city blocks to protect voters at polling stations.
 
More than 400,000 Egyptian police and army soldiers were deployed Monday for the election, and more than 14,000 judges are overseeing the vote at polling stations across the country.
 
Several hundred European Union and African Union observers are also monitoring the vote.
 
Sky News Arabia reported that young men from the now banned Muslim Brotherhood group were arrested in Manoufiya province, north of Cairo, after they resorted to violence to disrupt the election.
 
Police denied initial reports that Muslim Brotherhood supporters threw a home-made bomb in front of a church in the town of Bani Sueif, south of Cairo.
 
Lines at polling stations

Those taking part in Egypt’s election for a new president were in a largely festive mood Monday, cheering on their country and the man widely expected to win the race - former Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Lines formed in front of many polling stations in Cairo, as voters took time off from work to cast their ballots.
 
Presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi arrives to a polling site to cast his ballot on the first day of voting in Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2014.Presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi arrives to a polling site to cast his ballot on the first day of voting in Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2014.
x
Presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi arrives to a polling site to cast his ballot on the first day of voting in Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2014.
Presidential hopeful Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi arrives to a polling site to cast his ballot on the first day of voting in Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2014.

Women waving Egyptian flags cheered and ululated in front of one polling station, as others waved pictures of el-Sissi, who is favored to win the election.
 
Some voters expressed optimism the process would go well.

“So that Egypt lives in a new era of democracy and freedom and solidarity for all the forces of the Egyptian people," said Michel Fawzi Kamel, a lawyer.

Foreign observers Monday said the voting itself appeared to be proceeding smoothly.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi
 
  • Born in Cairo Nov. 19, 1954
  • Graduated from Cairo's Military Academy in 1977
  • Trained at the U.S. War College in Pennsylvania 2006
  • Headed military intelligence under Hosni Mubarak
  • Appointed army chief and defense minister by Mohamed Morsi in 2012
  • Ousted Morsi on July 3, 2013
  • Promoted to field marshal in January 2014
  • Resigned from military in March 2014 to run for president


Turnout in other major cities, including Assiout, Suez, Alexandria and Ismailiya, appeared fairly heavy, as Egyptian TV correspondents interviewed voters in lines in front of some polling stations. Fifty-four million Egyptians are eligible to vote, out of a population of nearly 90 million

Voters appeared to stay away from the polls in several key Muslim Brotherhood strongholds, including Sharqiya province, north of Cairo.
 
The Muslim Brotherhood has called on its supporters to boycott the election and to hold protests instead. Sharqiya is home to ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
 
Supporters clamored and cheered as presidential favorite el-Sissi cast his vote at a polling station near his home in a Cairo suburb. Young men crowded around him as he stopped to shake hands and discuss his vision for the future of the country.
 
He told Egyptians to write their own history and their own future, because, he said, the world is watching them. With this election, he argued, Egyptians will determine their destiny. With God's help, he insisted, Egypt will have a glorious future.
 
Positive role

Rival candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, who was third in Egypt's 2012 presidential vote, said that he was running because it was in the best interest of the country. He also said he hoped to build a coalition in parliament in upcoming elections.
 
Sabahi said that whatever happens - if he wins the election or if he loses it - he will have played a positive role for the country. He said that he and his allies are working for social justice, democracy and independence for Egypt, and that he hoped to later win seats in parliament.
 
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab told Egyptian TV that he was grateful to the police for keeping order and he thanked voters, especially young people, for turning out.
 
He said that it is refreshing to see a heavy turnout of young people because they are the ones who will most profit from a better future for the country. He added that everyone must pave the way for a brighter future for coming generations.
 
For his part, acting President Adly Mansour, who will hand over the reins of the country to the winner of the election, told state TV that the two-day presidential vote “is a step toward rebuilding Egypt” after a long period of turmoil.

Polls close Tuesday evening.
  • A voter casts his ballot in a polling station near the Saladin Citadel on the third day of voting in the Egyptian presidential election in Cairo, May 28, 2014.
  • Voters present papers at a polling station in the El Sayda Zeinab area on the third day of voting in the Egyptian presidential elections in Cairo, May 28, 2014.
  • A woman casts her vote at a polling site in the upscale Zamalek district of Cairo, May 27, 2014.
  • A woman inks her finger after voting at a polling site in the upscale Zamalek district of Cairo, May 27, 2014.
  • A man reads a local newspaper with the headline in Arabic reading, "Egypt surprises the world," outside a polling station in Cairo, May 27, 2014.
  • A soldier stands guard outside a polling station during the first day of the presidential election in Cairo, May 26, 2014.
  • Presidential candidate and former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sissi arrives with his bodyguards at a polling station in Cairo, May 26, 2014.
  • Egyptian women wait to vote at a polling site in Cairo, May 26, 2014.
  • A man casts his ballot for president in Cairo, May 26, 2014.
  • Voters line up as some take shade under a national flag outside a polling station to vote for president in Cairo, May 26, 2014.
  • People walk under campaign posters of presidential candidate and former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sissi a day ahead of presidential elections in Cairo, May 25, 2014.

You May Like

Somalia: No Popular Elections in 2016

In interview Wednesday with VOA, President Mohamud says 'one person, one vote' elections will not be possible due to continuing insecurity More

Scientists Predict Climate Change Will Increase Child Malnutrition

Public health expert in Germany says that by 2050, 25 million more children's lives will be put at risk because of lack of nutrients tied to climate change More

Erdogan in China Amid Tensions on Uighurs, Missile System

Turkey's president has criticized China's heavy-handed policies toward Uighurs in violence-plagued Xinjiang region, where China says it is fighting foreign-backed separatists More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: meanbill from: USA
May 26, 2014 9:41 AM
CRAZY isn't it? -- When is a coup not a coup to the US, EU and NATO countries? -- (WHAT?) -- Consider on what they condemned and didn't condemn as coups in Egypt, Ukraine, and Thailand? -- QUESTION? -- If somebody won the election and installed a government that the Egyptian military wouldn't accept, would the Egyptian military overthrow this newly elected Egyptian government too? --
PS; .. The US, EU, and the other NATO countries, would shut their mouths, and accept whatever the Egyptian military does..
In Response

by: ali baba from: new york
May 26, 2014 3:14 PM
YOUR Fantasy is amazing.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponentsi
X
Henry Ridgwell
July 28, 2015 9:53 PM
A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.
Video

Video Special Olympics Athletes Meet International Friends

The Special Olympics are underway in Los Angeles, California, with athletes from 165 countries participating in an event that gives people with intellectual disabilities the chance to take part in an international competition. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that for athletes and their families, it's also an opportunity to make new friends in an international setting.
Video

Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.
Video

Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.
Video

Video Iran Nuclear Pact Wins Few New US Congressional Backers

Later this week, President Barack Obama returns from a trip to Africa to confront a U.S. Congress roiled by the nuclear accord with Iran, an agreement that has received the blessing of the U.N. Security Council. Days of intensive lobbying and testimony by top administration officials have won few new congressional supporters of the pact. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports.
Video

Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.
Video

Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Stink Intensifies as Lebanon’s Trash Crisis Continues

After the closure of a major rubbish dump a week ago, the streets of Beirut are filling up with trash. Having failed to draw up a plan B, politicians are struggling to deal with the problem. John Owens has more for VOA from Beirut.
Video

Video Paris Rolls Out Blueprint to Fight Climate Change

A U.N. climate conference in December aims to produce an ambitious agreement to fight heat-trapping greenhouse gases. But many local governments are not waiting, and have drafted their own climate action plans. That’s the case with Paris — which is getting special attention, since it’s hosting the climate summit. Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at the transformation of the French capital into an eco-city.
Video

Video Racially Diverse Spider-Man Takes Center Stage

Whether it’s in a comic book or on the big screen, fans have always known the man behind the Spider-Man mask as Peter Parker. But that is changing, at least in the comic book world. Marvel Comics announced that a character called Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker as Spider-Man in a new comic book series. He is half Latino, half African American, and he is quite popular among comic book fans. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
Video

Video Critics of Japan Defense Policy Focus on Okinawa

In Okinawa, many locals have long complained that Tokyo places an unfair burden on the tiny island by locating most of Japan's U.S. military bases there. As Japan's government moves toward strengthening and expanding the country's defense policies, opponents of those plans are joining local protesters in Okinawa, voicing concern about where the country is headed. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from Okinawa.
Video

Video IS Uses Chemical Weapons in Syrian Attack

Islamic State militants have added a new weapon in their arsenal of fear: chemical weapons. VOA Kurdish service reporter Zana Omer was on the scene within hours of a recent attack in Hasakah, Syria, and has details of the subsequent investigation, in this report narrated by Miguel Amaya.
Video

Video Historic Symbol Is Theme of Vibrant New Show

A new exhibit in Washington is paying tribute to the American flag with a wide and eclectic selection of artwork that uses the historic symbol as its central theme. VOA’s Julie Taboh was at the DC Chamber of Commerce for the show’s opening.

VOA Blogs