Egypt Junta to Hold Early Presidential Vote

Gen. Sisi Expected to Announce Candidacy Within Days

The Egyptian military junta has announced an amendment to its “roadmap” plan today, saying they intend to hold a presidential vote first and the parliamentary vote later. They didn’t indicate an exact date.

The vote would complete the transition to a new military ruler, three years after former Dictator Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. Defense Minister and Army Chief Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is expected to announce is candidacy within a matter of days.

Once Sisi announces his candidacy, the election is essentially over, as the former ruling party of President Mohamed Morsi is banned (and officially labeled “terrorist”), and what few “liberal” parties remain have already endorsed the junta and Sisi as the “saviors” of the nation.

The 98.1% yes vote in the constitutional referendum reflects the sort of vote that is likely for the presidency, with military forces on hand at polling places to make sure that everyone votes the way the junta wants, and beating the people who vote contrary to that.

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