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Egypt's uncertain opposition after Sisi landslide

While much publicity has been on Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's failure to gain a high voter turnout, Egypt's opposition finds itself in a precarious state.
Protesters from ''6th of April'' group and other opposition activists, form a human chain to call for the release of activists in detention, over a bridge in central Cairo, April 16, 2014. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3LKDJ

CAIRO — There are different ways to look at the preliminary results of Egypt’s presidential elections. One way is to view the turnout figures of 47.7% as a defeat to the regime. The extension of the vote for a third day and the mobilization of the media and state institutions could not deliver the 40 million or 74% voter turnout demanded by former Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

“Results indicate that the street has broken the totalitarian base through which Sisi claimed people loved him,” said Amr Ali, coordinator of the April 6 Youth Movement, banned by a court order on April 28. “The opposition can raise their voice once again and talk to people on the street with more ease,” Ali told Al-Monitor. The group’s street activities now attract a few hundred people at best and are subject to attacks.

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