See How Salah Won Egypt’s Elections Without Contesting
More than one million Egyptian voters spoiled their ballot papers in the recent presidential election, with some of those who did writing in the name of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah instead.
According to the Economist, while Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi won the election with 92 percent of the vote, beating out his opponent Moussa Mustafa Moussa, a percentage of individuals crossed out both names in favour of the Egyptian international footballer.
“By Friday afternoon, state media had stopped reporting on the spoiled ballots and awarded Mr Sisi with 97 percent of the valid votes,” the article said.
Salah’s popularity in Egypt is reflected in the polls, with the Liverpool midfielder has had an outstanding debut season in the Premier League.
Egypt’s current president, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, defeated his only declared opponent, Moussa Mostafa Moussa. However, it is Liverpool star Mohamed Salah who is garnering the most attention, not Abdel.
Around 1 million Egyptians chose the Egyptian after crossing out the names of both candidates and writing the name of the Premier League top scorer on the ballots. Salah technically defeated Moussa with 5% of the vote, whereas Moussa received only 3%.
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