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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

Egyptian electoral workers count ballots in Cairo on Wednesday. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who ran against just one challenger after several credible rivals quit the race, is guaranteed to win with a crushing majority.
Egyptian electoral workers count ballots in Cairo on Wednesday. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who ran against just one challenger after several credible rivals quit the race, is guaranteed to win with a crushing majority.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Egyptian electoral workers count ballots in Cairo on Wednesday. President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who ran against just one challenger after several credible rivals quit the race, is guaranteed to win with a crushing majority.
Mr Sisi.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

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