Sisi urges for an ‘unprecedented’ voter turnout

Egyptian former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is highly expected to win the presidential elections set for May. (File photo: AFP)

Egypt’s former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday called for an “unprecedented” turnout in the country’s upcoming presidential elections set for next month, in which he is highly expected to win.

Sisi will be running against leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi, in a vote held only months after the ouster of the country’s first elected civilian President Mohammad Mursi.

The former army chief’s comments, which came during a meeting with investors in the tourism industry, were distributed by his campaign team, according to Agence France-Presse.

He urged an “unprecedented turnout in the next presidential election, regardless of who wins,” AFP reported.

Sisi, who has promised to revive the country’s floundering economy and restore stability, blamed religious extremism for damaging the country’s vital tourism industry.

“The tourism sector has been continuously harmed over the past 50 years because of a religious discourse unrelated to the developments and understanding of the age,” he said.

Mursi’s now-banned Muslim Brotherhood movement and many other Islamists say they will boycott the vote, which will take place amid a massive crackdown on supporters of the former Islamist president that killed more than 1,400 people in clashes.

(With AFP)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42