Lack of Enthusiasm Mars Latest Voting in Egypt
Voting began Sunday in Egypt’s first parliamentary elections in four years, to replace the legislature that was dissolved in 2012 and to add legitimacy to the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. But Mona Ahmed, 20, said she was skipping the polls.
“Everyone is lying to everyone,” she said wearily, echoing the apathy and cynicism that helped entrench autocracy here for decades. Other young people in the Giza district of greater Cairo, interviewed on the eve of the balloting, felt much the same.
Yara Essam, 21, said she felt “suffocated” by politics. She had voted only once, for Mr. Sisi, and said she regretted it. “He didn’t do anything,” she said, citing the struggles of her family’s business. “Nothing is going right.” Details