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Vol 59 No 1

Published 12th January 2018


Bombs, votes and petrodollars

Buoyed by Gulf money, the President is certain to be re-elected. But Islamic insurgents pose a growing threat

The presidential election, to be held on 26-28 March, and all but certainly resulting in a second term for Abdel Fattah el Sisi, will be the major event of 2018. El Sisi and his backers in the military and intelligence agencies will seek to give the electoral process a veneer of democratic legitimacy by using financial inducements and subtle forms of intimidation, such as spreading rumours that failing to vote could affect benefits or job prospects, to engineer a relatively high turnout.

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