Egyptians are voting in a presidential election, and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win. The economy and the conflict with Gaza are crucial issues, and Sisi’s victory would mean a six-year term to address them. Critics view the election as a sham due to the crackdown on dissent. Three candidates will stand against Sisi, but they are not high-profile figures. A potential challenger withdrew from the race in October, citing intimidation of his supporters. The election has drawn criticism from those who feel it will not bring about real change. Sisi has been accused of cracking down on dissent and overseeing a restrictive environment for the media. The election is seen as a way for Sisi to gain a third term and continue his policies, rather than bringing about meaningful change.