After Sisi wins the election by a landslide, it becomes clear that the Muslim Brotherhood was the real challenger of the military establishment in Egypt. But in the shadow of the war in Syria and the unrest and instability in Libya, seems like Egyptians wanted to avoid continuance of the turbulent period that led to major losses in the already fragile economy.
Even though the official results of the presidential elections in Egypt have not yet been announced, “rumor has it” that Sisi has won more than 23 times more votes than his opponent Hamdin Sabahi, which puts him at around 23 million, almost double the amount of votes won by Morsi couple of years before.
No one had any doubt of who would be the next president of Egypt long before the elections took place, but it still was a bit of a surprise that the number of ballots declared invalid was higher than the number of those cast for Hamdin Sabahi.
Looks like only an Islamist candidate would have been a match for Sisi, but, the Muslim brotherhood has been outlawed while the Noor party never managed to rise above its reactionary and oftentimes plain embarrassing rhetoric to be though of as a serious opposition.
This leaves us with Sisi, who at the moment seems to be the only one seen by Egyptians as someone able to put an end to the unrest, random violence, sectarian conflicts and terrorist attacks, but also as someone who would show serious concern and dedication to eradicate corruption and recognize the value of human rights and human lives, something that for long has been neglected by the ruling elites in the country.
This is what Egyptians are hoping for, but the events that took place since the overthrow of Morsi, such as random arrests, unjust trials, reports of tortures and other violation of human rights and media freedoms, have been telling a story different than the one told by Sisi and his campaign team.
So, what to expect in the new season of Egyptian political odyssey? Its a bumpy ride, so fasten you seat belts for there is too many dangers lying ahead of this one Odysseus: Cyclops, Sirens, Sorcerers and other monsters who will get in his way to prevent him from reaching the goal of his life, his Penelope, whose name, in this case, is Democracy.
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