The Hush Post: No, the headline is not incorrect. There is a politician who got nearly 100 per cent votes. Well, 97 per cent, to be exact!
And that politician will now become the President of Egypt.
Ex-army general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi won a landslide victory in Egypt, and thus secured another four year term.
In what is being termed an ‘unsurprising’ result, Sisi defeated his one and only rival (who is, co-incidentally, a Sisi supporter) by a whopping margin.
However, the elections have been criticised as being unfair, with no credible opposition. Six other candidates who were supposed to fight in the elections either pulled out, or were jailed or prosecuted.
The Egyptian election commission said that the country had witnessed a voter turnout of 41.5 per cent. The other rival, Mousa Mostafa Mousa got just about 3 per cent votes.
However, Egyptians found a unique way of protesting against what they have termed is a rigged election. Many Egyptians crossed out the names of both the candidates on their ballot paper, and added the name of popular Egyptian footballer, Mohamed Salah. Reports tell us that “Mohamed Salah” apparently got nearly twice as many votes as Mousa.
Egyptians have been protesting against the unfulfilled promises of Sisi, which he made to the public when he won the first presidential election after the military removed the then President, Mohamed Morsi from power. Sisi’s first term was characterised by heavy suppression.
Currently, Egypt suffers from issues ranging from high unemployment rates, curtailment of food and fuel, high levels of income inequality and plutocratic rule (a government run by the richest in a country).