Despair in Egypt despite election

They don’t count the votes so quickly in Egypt, so we won’t know officially for a few that military strongman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the new president. We also won’t know officially that the turnout was low, possibly as low as 30 percent. For Egyptian liberals, that makes the election “illegitimate,” because al-Sisi “lacks a mandate” to rule. That’s the understanding of democracy, or lack of understanding, that prevails in Egypt. And for ordinary Egyptians, many want an end to three years of revolution and turmoil, but as my friend @Maggie Fick writes here, hopes are not high in that sector, either.



Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo before/after predictable demonstrations




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