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Presidential poll in Egypt: What next?


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Presidential poll in Egypt: What next?

For the second day running, Egyptians have been voting in a presidential election, with a low turnout feared by authorities.

To discuss the ballot and what comes next, euronews talked to our correspondent in Cairo, Mohammed Sheikhibrahim.

Faiza Garah, euronews:
“What has the atmosphere been like on this second day of voting?”

Mohammed Sheikhibrahim, euronews, Cairo:
“First of all, and in terms of security, there have been no recorded incidents targeting the electoral process. And that is down to the security measures that have been imposed by the Egyptian army and police. More than 200,000 soldiers and police officers have been deployed in Egypt’s towns and cities to ensure the safety of this ballot.

“Some observers have described the turnout as average, despite a campaign in the media encouraging people to vote.”

euronews:
“There is much talk about the division between the pro- and anti-Sisi camps in this election. What about the balance of power afterwards?”

Mohammed Sheikhibrahim, euronews, Cairo:
“I think these things will be determined by the policies of Egypt’s next president. Is the future president going to put in place a path of reconciliation between the different political parties or is he going to follow the same policy that prevailed in the post-Mursi era.”

euronews:
“Is Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s success going to give the army, once again, the chance to decide Egypt’s politics?”

Mohammed Sheikhibrahim, euronews, Cairo:
“I don’t think that the army is going to govern Egypt’s citizens again because the people have already staged a revolution to demand freedom and social justice. So for that reason the Egyptian people are not going to accept being ruled by the army again.”

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