Egyptians voting in poll to put ex-army boss in power
May 27, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
CAIRO--Egyptians voted for a new president Monday in an election expected to sweep to power the ex-army chief who overthrew the country's first democratically-elected leader and crushed his Islamist movement.
The two-day election is the first since the frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, a move that unleashed the bloodiest violence in Egypt's recent history.
Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood is boycotting the vote, as are revolutionary youths who fear Sisi is an autocrat in the making.
But the 59-year-old retired field marshal is expected to trounce his sole rival, leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi, amid widespread calls for stability.
Polling stations opened at 0600 GMT for 53 million registered voters, with Sisi arriving early at one in Cairo to cast his ballot amid a throng of jostling reporters and supporters.