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With over a million Egyptians spoiling their ballots, the suppression that ensured Sisi’s victory is brewing discontent

Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has won an inevitable second term—but his strongman approach could yet come back to bite him

By Ruth Michaelson  

A large election advertisement for incumbent president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo. Photo: Matthias Toedt/DPA/PA Images

The banners liberally slung around the streets of downtown Cairo made clear that there was an election happening. But voters had to look hard to know that anyone other than president Abdel-Fatah al Sisi was running.

One restaurant owner, a famed purveyor of the local delicacy koshary, could have easily been confused for a political candidate given how often his smiling face was shown on those banners signalling support for Sisi. In Tahrir Square, once the site of famed public protest, a screen…

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