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Lagging turnout threatens to make election win in Egypt bittersweet
Lagging turnout threatens to make election win in Egypt bittersweet

For months, Egypt’s military-backed interim government has systematically worked to silence political opponents. That silence, it seemed, took an eloquent turn Tuesday. By staying away from the polls in the first presidential election since Mohamed Morsi was deposed by the military last summer, a loose amalgam of Islamists, young adults, secular democrats and the merely tumult-weary appeared poised to deny former military chief Abdel Fattah Sisi a prize he had ardently sought: a robust voter turnout that could be brandished as proof of a popular mandate for his rule. There was little doubt that Sisi, the latest in a long line of strongman Egyptian leaders, would win the vote, which began...

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