Egypt Presidential Election: More Women Voting Than Men?

Egyptian women wait in line to vote in presidential election. (Photo credit: http://insideislam.wisc.edu)

Egyptian women wait in line to vote in presidential election. (Photo credit: http://insideislam.wisc.edu)

Aljazeera is reporting that Egypt’s presidential election has entered a second and final day, with former army chief Abdel Fatah el-Sisi expected to emerge as the country’s next president. At many polling stations female voters turned out in much higher numbers than men, the Associated Press reported. el-Sisi, who was the country’s defense minister, quit his position as the head of Egypt’s armed forces in order to run for the presidency.

The author writes:

“The vote, which began on Monday, pits Sisi against the left-wing candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, a former legislator and long-term Nasserist who came third in the 2012 election.

Sisi, who quit the army in March to run for president, led a coup that removed the nation’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, last July.

Sabahi’s office complained early on Monday that police and soldiers were refusing his representatives access to polling stations.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood (Morsi’s party)  and many of the pro-democracy youths who participated in the 2011 uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak are boycotting the election.

Read more at Aljazeera.

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