Presidential elections were held in Egypt and the current President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi won another term. He won 97% of the vote. However, out of all the registered voters, only 41% voted. There was just one other candidate who took part in the elections.
In 2011, there was unrest in Egypt and the people forced the country’s president, Hosni Mubarak, to step down. He had been Egypt’s leader for nearly 30 years. Egyptians had been dissatisfied with Mubarak’s government. There weren’t enough jobs for people. Food and housing prices were very high.
The military took over and a new president was elected in 2012. He was in power for just a year, when the military forced him to step down. In 2014, presidential elections were held and the Egyptian military commander, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, was elected. He has been the president since.
The Ancient Egyptian civilization started over 5,000 years ago. It was a very advanced society and they invented many things that we use today – the 365-day calendar, paper (which was made from the Papyrus plant which is how ‘paper’ got its name), ink, clocks, some of the earliest medicines, the lock and key, sails for boats, and even make-up!
Ancient Egyptians believed that life exists after death. So when their Kings and Queens died, they preserved their bodies by a process called mummification, where they would take out some of the internal organs, dry the bodies, and wrap them with cloth. They built pyramids which were tombs. Along with the bodies, they kept things that their Kings and Queens might need in their life after death – gold, food, furniture, clay pots, and more.
Some of Egypt’s famous sites are the Pyramids of Giza (image), the Sphinx, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Ibn Tulun Mosque, Luxor Temple, and the Nile River.
Image Credits: Kremlin for Sisi’s image, Nina for the pyramid’s image, http://www.britishmuseum.org for the papyrus painting image
Sources: CNN, BBC, https://discoveringegypt.com, http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk, http://traveltips.usatoday.com