Without surprise, the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was reelected for a second four years term in office, with more than 97 % of the vote according to the official results and with a turnout of 41.05 %. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi had to compete with a supporter, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, who won 3 % of the votes. If other candidates tried to compete with Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, they had to redraw after pressure or ended up in prison.
These elections took place in a context of a real crackdown on civil society. The adoption and ratification of the NGO and Trade Union laws example the concrete steps taken by the government to repress human rights activists and civil society organizations. With the reelection of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, a new wave of repression is to be expected with the implementation of these draconian laws. Not to forget the continuing increase of the number of forced disappearance, the death penalty becoming a real trend or the spaces for expression closing one after the other.
SOLIDAR denounces these practices and highly recommends the EU to take the necessary actions and uses of its influence to stop the repression. The EU-Egypt Partnership priorities offer a framework for negotiation and discussion but the EU is to keep its commitments towards human, economic, social and cultural rights.