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Egyptian military leader Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
The media predictions were unanimous – Egypt’s presidential election would be a walkover. Ever since the overthrow of the previous administration together with its president, Mohamed Morsi, back in July 2013, a cult of personality had been assiduously fostered within Egypt around the man who had led the uprising – Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The campaign had been notably successful. His face appeared frequently on state-run TV and newspapers, on billboards and posters, even on chocolates, underpants and keyrings, and his popularity ratings soared. A runaway triumph in the presidential election set for Monday and Tuesday, May 26 and 27, was confidently assumed by the military régime, a prediction boosted by the fact that he secured 95 percent of votes cast in advance by Egyptians overseas.
By A. MARK CLARFIELD
By EVELYN GORDON
By NEVILLE TELLER
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