West Should Reject Falsification Of Egyptians' Will: Cairo's Moment of Truth
11 June 2014
By Khalid Amayreh
By now, it should be sufficiently clear that the coup
gang in Egypt, led by Gen. Abdul Fattah Sissi, has
embarked on a scandalous falsification of the Egyptian
Sissi and his puppet government had designated 26 and
27 May for voting to elect a new president following
the military coup against Muhammad Mursi, the only
democratically-elected president in Egypt's entire
Sissi had no real opponents to compete with in last
week's elections as the leaders of the main rival
political force in the country, namely the Muslim
Brotherhood, remained locked up in jail, with their
party declared a terrorist group by a notoriously
pliant justice system that is at the military's beck
Hamdeen Sabahi, a shockingly disingenuous candidate,
never posed any real challenge to Sissi. His reluctant
campaign and obsequious discourse toward the coup
leader, caricatured a weak and confused man whose only
"qualification" was his pathological dislike of the
Hence, Sissi had the arena, nearly empty of
contenders. It was more or less a one-man race.
Sissi had convinced himself he was so popular. He
seemed to have believed the notorious big lie that 50
or 60 million Egyptians did call on him last July to
deliver Egypt from Mursi and the Islamists, who had
never actually been given a chance to rule, thanks to
the unmitigated conspiracies of the so-called "deep
state" that ruled Egypt ever since the 1952 coup that
overthrew King Farouk.
On 26 and 27 May, Sissi and supporters belatedly
discovered that they were living the big lie and that
they were actually a small and hated minority in Egypt
and that the 50 or 60 million tale belonged to the
realm of fantasy, not reality.
Indeed, out of some 54 million eligible voters only
four million showed up at the ballot boxes. This
means, that at least 50 million Egyptians stayed home,
opting to boycott the election farce.
Everyone, including CNN, BBC, Reuters and ordinary
citizens reported that the number of policemen and
army personnel at the voting centers exceeded the
number of voters.
In fact, according to the Egyptian Center for Media
and Public Opinion Studies, the voter turnout on the
first two days of election didn't exceed 7.5% of
eligible voters. (See figure below -the percentage
The shockingly low turnout instantly generated
overwhelming panic in the Sissi camp. Media figures
lost their composure and became visibly nervous. Some
of them started cursing the Brotherhood live.
In this atmosphere, the election committee, run by
former intelligence officers loyal to Sissi, decided
to extend voting by a third day in a desperate effort
to "salvage" the situation.
After all, Sissy's and the entire coup's image was at
stake, which required a swift and "extraordinary
measure" to avert a real disaster.
And the "extraordinary measure" was taken in the
evening of 28 May in the offices of the Interior
Ministry which instructed the election committee to
Within minutes, the number of voters rose from 4
million the previous day to 25 million.
Upon hearing this, I contacted two honest Egyptian
journalists working in state-run media to ask them
about what really happened.
They both told me that the authorities falsified the
results and that the figures released by the election
committee were absolutely fictitious. Given the
shocking lack of honesty and rectitude in the Sissi
camp, I have no reason to doubt or question the two
Moment of Truth
Sissi will be sworn in as President of Egypt in a few
says. But he will be a totally- false President who
has come at the helm of power via deception,
fraudulence and falsification of the Egyptian people's
will. Sissi will always be a scandalous fraud even if
he is given a red-carpet reception around the world.
Now, what are western powers going to do in the face
of this scandal? How are they going to relate this
Frankly, I don't count on western powers' moral
credentials. They nearly have none.
But Sissi's rule won't last long and the people of
Egypt and Muslims around the world won't forgive the
West its monumental perfidy.
We won't forgive nor forget the west's embrace of the
criminal Sissi junta.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist
and political commentator living in occupied Palestine