Gulf coverage of presidential election
gulf press review
By AMIRA EL-FEKKI

CAIRO: Egypt voted to determine its upcoming president, awaited since the June 30 uprising that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood’s former President Mohamed Morsi from power, dividing Arab countries between supporters, which include Kuwait, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia; and opponents, like Qatar.

Here is an overview of Gulf newspaper election coverage during the past three days.

Wednesday, May 28

Kuwait

Al-Jarida

  • Egypt: Appeal to increase number of voters to enhance new president’s legitimacy.
  • Opinion – “Stability with the General” The military is strictly in control of the state. The people are strongly supporting their leader. Sisi’s rise resembles that of Mohamed Ali and Gamal Abdel Nasser, but that does not mean he will run the state in the same way, although there is a strong presence of the “Nasserist state.”

Al-Rai

  • Egypt extends voting days amid fears of low turnout.
  • Opinion – Assad’s elections “scandalous,” Sisi’s elections “honest.” Are Sisi’s elections really democratic? Isn’t a large sector of the Egyptian population boycotting? Where is the competition if results are already assumed in favor of a candidate? U.S. and EU support will not bring legitimacy to the elections.
  • “Khaleejioun love Egypt” campaign declares their support for Egyptians during elections.

Al-Anbaa

  • An Egyptian disabled woman with no arms votes with her feet.
  • Egyptians funny vote casting: Vote for Abu Trika, Ronaldo, and Ramos.
  • On air: woman cries and states Sisi “deserves better”

UAE

Al-Khaleej

  • Egypt: Election extension raises controversy, conflict on turnout.
  • Army uses vehicles to play national songs to motivate voters.

Al-Bayan

  • Egyptian Copts prefer Sisi in presidential competition.
  • Impressive Attendance: Women’s strong presence showa real awareness of the challenges ahead of Egyptians.

Al-Itihad

·         News commentary – Amid the competition between Sisi’s charisma and numerous Sabbahi loyalties: Does Egypt needs a new Nasser and why?

  • Washington, London and Brussels almost done with their congratulating statement to Sisi. The West changes policies towards Egypt after elections. The U.S. support started with the provision of ten apaches to the Egyptian army.

Saudi Arabia

The Middle East

  • Low turnout misery in Egypt’s presidential election.
  • Egyptian election and influence on economic relations with Germany.

Al-Watan

  • Opinion – Egyptian elections: A gift for those against the popular will. The Muslim Brotherhood receives a “slap on the face” from the population. If international support continues for the brotherhood, some states might face a problem in the near future, meaning after the presidential election, and the price for stepping back will be hard to pay.

Okaz

  • Opinion – The next president to rule Egypt. Both candidates benefited in the past weeks, whether internally or on an international scale. No presidential candidate will receive the support of all. However this does not mean that Sisi is more suitable to lead the country even if Sabbahi wins most votes, which does not undermine the man and his capabilities and patriotism.
  • Political experts to Okaz: Parliamentary elections are the end of the roadmap.
  • Egypt’s next president leads it to security and stability.
  • Security officials to Okaz: Egypt is the future and the Muslim brotherhood is the past.
  • Okaz asks: What do the people want? Experts reply: the economy, Mr. president.
  • Amr Moussa to Okaz: Sisi is more capable of achieving the aspirations of Egyptians.

Al-Riyadh

  • Second day of election: Egyptians vote in large numbers to choose their upcoming president.

Qatar

Al-Sharq

  • Egyptians: From impressing the world to confusing the world.
  • Slow turnout in the additional day for elections.
  • Opinion – Reestablishing the meaning of Egypt’s national security: Securing the interests of other states, not Egypt. The military coup regime distorts the meaning of national security and involves the army into external affairs, amid continuous violence against their opponents internally.

Al-Raya

  • Egypt and Thailand: Similar in military coup, different in circumstances.

Tuesday, May 27

Kuwait

Al-Jarida

  • Sisi on his way to victory.
  • Sisi sweeps ballot boxes , Sabbahi meets the crowds.
  • Opinion – Sisi and Hafter will take over and it is expected that military rule will be applied in other Arab states.

Al-Rai

  • Egypt between the marshal and the struggler: Egyptians vote to strengthen the June 30 revolution by electing Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as president.

Al-Anbaa

  • Sisi and Sabbahi: who will succeed in attracting the young on social media?
  • The roadmap reaches its turning point, Egyptians choose their next president.
  • Mubarak al-Khureainej, vice-President of the National Assembly and member of the Arab parliament: Elections are to be transparent for the first time since 1952 with at least 25,000 international monitors, proving that the current government is keen on representing the January 25 Revolution and June 30 in the elections.
  • Ahmed Bin Mohamed al-Jarwan president of the Arab Parliament: The Arab parliament supports all efforts by the Egyptian state and an institution during presidential elections, Egypt is the backbone for the Arab world.

UAE

Al-Khaleej

  • Egyptians say their word, sending a message to the world that June 30 was a popular revolution and not a military coup.
  • Minister of Social Affair Mariam el-Roumy discusses social solidarity cooperation with Egyptian ambassador
  • Amr Moussa: Recognizing the legitimacy of the current regime is conditional to reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Azhar scholars reply to Youssef al-Qaradawi’s statements inside polling stations, calling his fatwas non credible and warning of following them.

Al-Bayan

  • Opinion – Egypt’s first lady: Politician or housewife? Sabbahi’s wife has a history in social issues and human rights, especially in the field of education and fighting illiteracy. On the other hand, Sisi’s wife is a housewife who doesn’t appear much in public, or work in any of the opportunities available, despite being the wife of an important military man.
  • Egyptians in front of polling stations: Thanks to the UAE.
  • Egyptian fingerprints write new history.
  • Opinion – Sisi’s charisma spreads throughout Egypt. He was assigned by popular demand, he is the man of the phase, and he will take fast action, before a new popular uprising.
  • Egyptians continue to cast their votes, amid expectations that Sisi will win.

Al-Itihad

  • Egypt safely passes the first day of presidential election.
  • Amid cheers and chants, Egypt decides on its future.
  • Egyptian media experts: The next president has several challenges to overcome.

Saudi Arabia

The Middle East

  • The Muslim Brotherhood reached a dead end.
  • Adly Mansour: A temporary president yet a permanent example.
  • Millions of Egypt vote for the future.

Al-Watan

  • 107 year-old woman casts her vote.
  • Egyptians elections: International praise and 24-hour extension.

Al-Riyadh

  • Egyptian ambassador to Saudi meets Arab ambassadors.
  • Sisi approaches presidential seat despite the Muslim Brotherhood’s threats. Millions of voters write a new chapter in Egypt’s history.

Al-Raya

  • Egyptian elections and results are no surprise.

Monday, May 26

Al-Jarida

  • Nubians look up to Sisi’s star.
  • What did Ghannoushi say about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt? Ghannoushi criticized the Muslim brotherhood’s strategies in Egypt and called on them to mingle into the current political life, during a meeting of the International Organization of MB in Istanbul last April.

Al-Rai

  • Opinion – Sisi’s election to choose Egypt. Results have been concluded a month ago, for two reasons: Gulf state policies and aid chose Sisi over the Muslim Brotherhood and U.S. foreign policies changed when Sisi appeared on the political scene.
  • UAE: We will continue to support the choice of Egyptians.
Al-Anbaa
  • Egypt and the throne: Sisi did not run for presidency for the throne, but for the sake of Egypt.
  • Arab Spring failures in Tunisia and Egypt need to be addressed by a change in the culture and putting the safety of nations’ above all other concerns.

UAE

Al-Khaleej

  • News commentary – Presidency between Sisi and Sabbahi. Whoever wins will face a challenge of keeping his popular legitimacy through a national project that achieves the demands of January 25 Revolution and June 30.
  • Minister of State Sultan al-Jaber: UAE will support Egypt’s until it achieves political and security stability.
  • Presidential election in favor of Sisi, bets placed on turnout rate.

Al-Itihad

  • Arab Parliament: Egypt is living a democratic ”marriage.”

Saudi Arabia

The Middle East

  • Mystery surrounds the death of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis’ Shady el-Menai during elections.
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