Egyp­tians choose their pres­i­dent

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Fatma Lotfi

As the Egyp­tian pres­i­den­tial elec­tion kicked off on Mon­day in­side the coun­try, Egyp­tians headed to polling sta­tions to choose their next pres­i­dent, with just two can­di­dates to choose from: sit­ting pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi and lit­tle known politi­cian Moussa Mostafa Moussa.

Al-Sisi and his wife En­tis­sar cast their votes at Al-Sha­heed Mostafa Yousry school in He­liopo­lis, while his ri­val Moussa cast his bal­lot af­ter first head­ing to his El-Ghad Party head­quar­ters, in the midst of a small num­ber of sup­port­ers chant­ing for him. Mean­while, Prime Min­ster Sherif Ismail also par­tic­i­pated in the elec­tion, stat­ing,“the chal­leng­ing times have al­ready passed,” adding that the elec­tion is a mes­sage to the whole world that “Egyp­tians shall fear noth­ing; par­tic­i­pa­tion is the proper re­sponse” to those seek­ing to cast doubt on the elec­toral process.

Sev­eral min­sters also cast their bal­lots; Min­ster of Lo­cal Devel­op­ment and In­dus­try Abu Bakr ElGendy de­scribed the vot­ing as a “real cel­e­bra­tory elec­tion,” while Trade and In­dus­try Min­ster Tarek Ka­bil said that Egyp­tians, through their par­tic­i­pa­tion, are say­ing that they are “united in build­ing the coun­try de­spite all dif­fer­ences be­tween [them].” Oth­ers, in­clud­ing the for­eign af­fairs, trans­port, in­vest­ment, fi­nance, cul­ture, and agri­cul­ture min­is­ters, also took part.

On the other hand, Cen­tral Bank of Egypt gov­er­nor Tarek Amer, who voted at the Fac­ulty of Fine Arts in Za­malek, an­nounced that the par­tic­i­pa­tion in pres­i­den­tial elec­tions would in or­der to com­plete the path of eco­nomic re­form and de­fend eco­nomic sta­bil­ity.

Cop­tic Ortho­dox Pope Tawadros II and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar AhmedAl-Tayeb also cast their votes. Ji­han Al-Sa­dat, wife of the late pres­i­dent An­war Al-Sa­dat and Faiza Abou El-Naga, spe­cial ad­viser to Al-Sisi for na­tional se­cu­rity af­fairs, also took part in the elec­tion.

The Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (NEC) said on Mon­day that cit­i­zens can cast their vote us­ing their pass­ports or na­tional ID cards, whether they are valid or not. It also an­nounced a hot­line, 19826, for re­ceiv­ing vot­ers’ com­plaints. Vot­ing is sched­uled to last three days in­side Egypt. It be­gan on Mon­day at 13,687 polling sta­tions across the coun­try and ends on Wed­nes­day.

Vot­ing sta­tions opened their doors for the third pres­i­den­tial elec­tion since the 2011 revo­lu­tion

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