Freelance journalist covering Egyptian politics and current events. Published in CNN, Al Jazeera America, Atlantic Council.
Presidential elections are being held in Egypt between 26th and 28th of May 2014. Only two candidates are in the run: former army general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and left wing candidate Hamdeen Sabahi.
Hamdeen Sabbahi’s campaign was not only underfunded but faced an uphill battle against the heavy favorite and former army chief, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Despite the low numbers and resources, campaigners and supporters brought high levels of energy to Hamdeen’s events.
Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi's campaign was much better funded than Sabahi’s. The former general’s photos littered the city as campaigners and supporters sought to draw a connection between him, military presidents of the past, and patriotism.
Voters dance and sing patriotic songs at a polling station at Abu Bakr Seddiq school in el-Dokki district, in Cairo, May 26, 2014.
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb’s decision to declare the second day of voting a holiday did not seem to have its intended effect on voter turnout.
Hamdeen Sabahi’s car swarmed on his arrival in Wadi al-Qamar, a town outside of Alexandria, May 16, 2014.
A sign in Abdel Fattah El-Sisi's birthplace in el-Gamaleya shows him wearing a galabeya, a traditional Egyptian garment, and carrying all of Egypt on his back, May 26, 2014.
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb’s decision to declare the second day of voting a holiday to allow citizens a greater chance to vote did not seem to have its intended effect on voter turnout.
A group of energetic supporters await Hamdeen Sabahi's arrival in Wadi el-Qamar, a town outside of Alexandria, May 18, 2014.
Hamdeen Sabahi campaigners and supporters await his arrival at a press conference in Alexandria, May 26, 2014.
Men cast their votes at a Cairo University building in el-Dokki district, in Cairo, May 26, 2014.
A sign in Abdel Fattah El-SisiSisi’s birthplace in el-Gamaleya shows him surrounded by nearly every famous Egyptians in history, including both Hosni Mubarak and King Farouk, May 26, 2014.
Women dance and sing patriotic songs at a polling station at Abu Bakr Seddiq school in el-Dokki district in Cairo, May 26, 2014.
Campaigner tapes Hamdeen Sabahi's photo to bus' window. The bus is only a quarter full, May 16, 2014.
Local newspaper Sawt al-Umma’s front page on Tuesday May 27 shows all Egypt's former presidents side by side.
A young boy expresses his sopport to Hamdeen Sabahi.
Sisi supporters at a rally for the former head of Egypt's armed forces outside of Giza governorate’s headquarters on Haram Street, May 27, 2014.
A small banner for Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi next to a much larger sign for former head of Egypt's armed forces Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, in Cairo, May 27, 2014.
One of Sabahi's younger supporters awaits his arrival in Wadi El-Qamar.
Sisi rally with low turnout outside of Giza governorate’s headquarters on Haram Street.
Pro and anti-Sisi supporters trade jabs at the onset of deddak's march in Agouza district
Sabahi's car is swarmed upon arrival in Wadi El-Qamar.
Member of deddak (Arabic for 'Against You') holds sign to Cairo's drivers which reads "Against you because you are a failure and a liar." .
Two of the former field marshal's most iconic campaign signs stacked on top of one another on El-Moez Street.