Egypt has a new president in the third elections it has had in as many years. General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won a landslide victory, topping his only oppopent Hamdeen Sabahi, who came in third place. After three days of voting, the preliminary results are out. Sisi is reported to have won 93.3 per cent of the votes, Hamdeen took 3pc and 3.7pc of the votes were declared void.
On Twitter, netizens met the news with sarcasm and snark.
Egyptian Aida Elkashef says [ar]:
المضحك المبكي ان في انتخابات مفيهاش غير ٢ مرشحين، حمدين حتي الان طالع التالت بعد المبطلون!
— Aida Elkashef (@AidaElkashef) May 28, 2014
What makes you laugh and cry at the same time is that in elections, with only two candidates, Hamdeen is in third place after the votes that have been declared void
Sherief Gaber asks:
So if 2011 was an uprising, can we call the unenthusiastic response for Sisi a downrising?
— sherief gaber (@cairocitylimits) May 29, 2014
And Egyptian Hosam El Sokkari notes [ar]:
الإنسان حيوان ناخب (غير كده مالوش قيمة) #حكمة_الأسبوع
— Hosam El Sokkari (@sokkari) May 28, 2014
The human being is a voting animal (other than this he has no value)
Meanwhile, Nabeel wonders why people are upset Sabahi was not up to the competition. He asks:
بس احنا بنحط على حمدين ليه؟ عشان أصواته القليلة؟ حد اقترح في لحظة انه ممكن ينجح مثلا؟
— نبيل (@Ternz) May 28, 2014
Why are we laying the blame on Hamdeen? Because he got few votes? Who suggested for a moment that he could ever win?
Despite Sisi's landslide win, Amro Ali sets a challenge:
Sisi will never be like Nasser till he can achieve Nasser's 99.9% "victory" in the 1956 polls. Amro Ali (@_amroali) May 28, 2014
Lebanese satirist Karl Sharro adds:
You only say that Sisi can't possibly get more than 100% of the vote because of your ethnocentric hegemonic mathematics.
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) May 28, 2014
From Bahrain, Abo Omar Al Shafee draws parallels to Bahrain. He tweets:
— أبوعمر- الشافعي (@ALSHAF3EE) May 29, 2014
Just like the presidential elections were a success in Egypt, the parliamentary elections will definitely be a success in Bahrain. There is no consolation for those who boycott
And, in conclusion, Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah tweets:
دانت طلعت أهبل قوي يا سيسي
— Alaa Abd El Fattah (@alaa) May 28, 2014
You have turned out to be such an idiot Sisi