Explaining Egypt's Poor Election Turnout

Oct 21, 2015 | 09:01 GMT
Egyptian officials sit in an empty polling station in Cairo's Giza district during Egypt's parliamentary elections on Oct. 19.

The Egyptian government failed to generate strong voter turnout for the first phase of its multi-step parliamentary elections ending Oct. 19. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's government had been counting on strong turnout to legitimize the future legislature, empowering it to push through a series of significant economic reforms. If so few voters turn out for future stages of the election and public sentiment begins to turn against the still largely popular al-Sisi, dissent may delay political and economic reform initiatives, possibly defeating Cairo's attempts to make itself less dependent on financial aid from Gulf states. ...

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