So much for the Arab Spring.
The people have spoken in Egypt. During three days of voting, they overwhelmingly rallied behind beloved General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to remain as leader of their country. In Cairo on Tuesday, some polling stations bustled with voters as people waved banners with the General’s name.
The General won 93 percent of the votes cast in this week’s election. After having removed elected President Mohamed Morsi from power and incarcerating him last year, al Sisi’s victory is attributed to a grassroots campaign with massive media support from his party’s run television stations.
But it was his post-election strategy of counting the votes himself that provided that extra nudge he needed with voters.
“Sisi,” as he’s warmly called by his people, joins other democratically elected icons like Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Robert Mugabe and Idi Amin in taking landslide electoral victories.
It’s practically an exclusive club: the 90 percent club, which Vladimir Putin has yet to become a part of.