Egypt holds 2nd day of presidential election; outcome known

2018-03-27 11:30
An Egyptian woman casts her ballot on the first day of voting in the Egyptian presidential elections in the northern port city of Alexandria. (File,AFP)

An Egyptian woman casts her ballot on the first day of voting in the Egyptian presidential elections in the northern port city of Alexandria. (File,AFP)

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Egyptians are voting for a second day in a lackluster election that President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is virtually certain to win after all serious rivals were either arrested or intimidated into dropping out of the balloting.

Voters can choose between al-Sisi, the general-turned-president who came to power after ousting in 2013 his elected but divisive Islamist predecessor, Mohammed Morsi, and an obscure politician who registered at the last minute and says he doesn't oppose al-Sisi's policies, Moussa Mustafa Moussa.

With the outcome known, al-Sisi's focus will be on keeping voter turnout high enough to show citizens support his rule.

Tuesday is the second day of the three-day vote - a stretch apparently designed to boost participation. Reporting on the election is restricted, with journalists banned from asking voters who they support.

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