Expatriate Egyptians around the world started casting their ballots on Friday, December 1, 2023, in the country’s presidential election. The overseas voting phase will continue for three days, concluding on December 3, before domestic voting commences on December 10. The final results are expected to be announced on December 18.
Incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely considered the frontrunner in the race, seeking a third term in office. However, he faces three challengers: Farid Zahran, head of the Egyptian Democratic and Social Party; Abdel-Sanad Yamama, leader of the Wafd Party; and Hazem Omar, head of the Republican People’s Party.
What you should know
Over 14 million Egyptians residing abroad are eligible to vote in this election, with the largest expatriate communities residing in Saudi Arabia, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait. Voting is taking place at 137 Egyptian embassies and consulates in 121 countries.
The presidential election is being held amidst an economic crisis that has gripped Egypt for several years. Many Egyptians are struggling with rising prices, unemployment, and a shortage of certain goods. The government has taken steps to address these challenges, but the effects are yet to be fully felt.
Despite the economic difficulties, turnout for the overseas voting phase is expected to be high. In the 2018 presidential election, over 45% of eligible expatriate Egyptians cast their ballots.
The outcome of the election will have a significant impact on Egypt’s future. If al-Sisi is re-elected, he will have the opportunity to continue implementing his economic and political reforms. However, if one of the challengers wins, there could be a shift in policy direction.
The presidential election is a crucial moment for Egypt, and the expatriate vote could play a decisive role in shaping the country’s future.