Egyptian President Sisi launches reelection campaign as voting commences

The polls opened for the presidential election in Egypt, in which the incumbent, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, is expected to win. The voting will run until Tuesday, and the results will be announced on December 18. Sisi first became president in 2014 after deposing President Mohamed Morsi in a military-backed coup. He faces three other candidates in this election, but none of them are considered major figures in Egypt. Human rights organizations have criticized Sisi’s government for crackdowns on political dissent, leading to the imprisonment of various individuals. Despite the criticisms, Sisi and his supporters argue that these actions are necessary to safeguard Egypt from Islamic extremism.