Reports and Briefings

Phase III: Voting and Reactions

Introduction: Even before Egypt’s National Elections Authority (NEA) announced a timeline for the presidential election, President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi—and a government that is increasingly aligned behind him—had pulled every string to ensure the longevity of his rule. Despite concerns, criticism,...

Phase II: Campaign Period

Introduction: In his first four years as president, Abdel-Fattah El Sisi oversaw a constriction of public space and the elimination of any real political opposition from it, but after the National Elections Authority (NEA) announced a timeline for Egypt’s presidential election period, these...

Raising the Stakes: Implications of a Second Sisi Term

Egypt’s 2018 presidential elections offer little illusion of any outcome than incumbent Abdel-Fattah el Sisi’s certain reelection to a second term; any expectation for free and fair elections was lost after four years of unprecedented constriction of space for political organization,...

Phase I: Candidacy and Registration

Introduction: The first phase of the period included the introduction of not only a legal framework that tipped the playing field toward Sisi by establishing a truncated timeline and high barriers to entry, but also repressive and violent efforts to...