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17 Reasons Why Only One Man Can Win Egypt’s Election

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Egyptians are getting ready to vote Monday, but it is already clear to many that military man Abdel Fattah el-Sisi will be the next president.

1. A lot of Egyptians can&;t help but feel that in this year&8217;s election, there is only one option for President.

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Ads for Sisi (and only Sisi) line a main Cairo highway. Little sign of second candidate Hamdeen Sabahy. Egypt

4. While Sisi has given several televised speeches and appears almost daily on the front pages of Egyptian newspapers, his rival, Sabahi is often relegated to the sidelines.

While Sisi has given several televised speeches and appears almost daily on the front pages of Egyptian newspapers, his rival, Sabahi is often relegated to the sidelines.

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5. Sisi-mania has been alive and well for some time now. Brides are planning Sisi-themed weddings, and young men are shaving his likeness into their heads.

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9. &;There is this idea that if you don&8217;t vote Sisi you are against the army, and therefore pro-terrorist,&; said Fatima Iskander, a 37-year-old mother of two in Cairo.

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11. Egyptians say they worried they are voting in another leader who will try to rule indefinitely.

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Sisi vs. Youth as portrayed by an Egyptian graffiti artist

17. U.S. and E.U. officials have expressed hope that these elections will be &8220;free and democratic.&8221; But in recent days they have been forced to admit that might not be the case.

U.S. and E.U. officials have expressed hope that these elections will be "free and democratic." But in recent days they have been forced to admit that might not be the case.

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Department of State deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters last week that U.S. officials have noticed a “shrinking space for dialogue, for peaceful protest, for freedom of the press” in just days ahead of the country’s second presidential elections in as many years.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/sheerafrenkel/17-reasons-people-why-only-one-man-can-win-egypts-election

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