Egyptians don’t seem to be in a hurry in their lives, usually late, and take their time. They have mastered the art of sitting and doing nothing as a form of civil disobedience. last Saturday, however, millions were rushed to decide on a constitutional amendment referendum that would give Abdel Fattah el-Sisi more power and the possibility of staying in office until 2030. The current constitution limited the president to only two terms, four years each, el-Sisi already in his second term. The referendum wasn’t debated, discussed in public, and nobody knows the exact details and ramifications. Egyptians have to take el-Sisi’s word for it, and mark Yes on the ballot.
Wednesday marks the last of three days of voting in Egypt, in a presidential election seen as little more than a referendum on the rule of President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi.At three polling stations across Cairo, a trickle of mostly elderly voters on Monday and Tuesday walked past heavy security, including armed soldiers and police, to get to the ballot box. At one polling station in the Giza neighbourhood of Haram, a young soldier guarded the entrance from behind a pile of sandbags, the barrel of his gun pointed at the path of incoming voters. CNN