WorldViews: How Egypt’s election turned to farce

By Ishaan Tharoor, May 29, 2014

The result of Egypt's presidential election was never in doubt, but the bungling of state authorities brought a fitting, farcical gloss to proceedings.

Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, the longtime front-runner, won the election handily, getting some 93 percent of the vote. But his victory was dampened by a low turnout, made all the more conspicuous after officials decided to extend the vote by an extra day so more Egyptians could go to the polls.

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