The election is over, and there were no surprises. President Sisi won re-election with 90 percent of the votes cast. His opponent – 3%. Spoiled ballots – 7%. Overall turnout – 41%.
It is a respectable show of support. Critics say the best candidates were discouraged or prevented from running. They say the government mobilized to get out the vote. They say the media was either complicit, or bullied.
Decide between them, God. But bless the Egyptian people in their choice.
And now, and continue, bless the Egyptian head-of-state.
Give him wisdom to handle the ongoing challenges. Economy. Water. Reform. Terror.
Give him wisdom to handle the coming choices. Constitution. Legacy. Politics. Friends.
Lead him, God. May he seek your leading.
And with him, Egypt entire. Let these be four years of peace, stability, prosperity, and justice.
May all surprises be welcome. May all turn out to the good.