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For Egypt's president, getting re-elected is the easy task

Sisi faces huge challenges in his next term, among them the economy and terrorism

Voting has ended in Egypt's presidential election and, although the final results may not be known until Monday, nobody doubts its outcome: President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who has been in power since 2013, is guaranteed to win another four-year term with a crushing majority.

But, in many respects, getting re-elected has always been his easiest problem; running Egypt, by far the Arab world's most populous nation, remains a much more difficult proposition.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2018, with the headline 'For Egypt's president, getting re-elected is the easy task'. Print Edition | Subscribe