Russia, China, Turkey and now Egypt. Who is next?

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By Joshua Boscaini | @j_boscaini

Egyptians have taken to the polls over three days, in what analysts accurately predicted will be an al-Sisi win.

 The latest figures show Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has won just under 100 per cent of the vote.

But the votes are being clouded by an attendance controversy, as out of the 60 million eligible voters in Egypt, just under 50 per cent have reportedly attended polling booths to cast their vote.

To add to that controversy, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi only has one opponent, Moussa Mostafa Moussa—an unconventional rival who is in fact one of the President’s supporters.

Former presidential contender for the 2018 election, Mohamed Anwar Sadat, told reporters el-Sisi’s only opponent is just for show.

“He’s part of a play… he knows he has zero chance of winning,” Mr Sadat said.

Similar patterns around the world are arguably culminating a slow and common global trend towards autocracy.

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Just recently, Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, won a fourth consecutive term as the country’s leader.

There was no significant opposition to Mr. Putin in Russia; his controversial political opponent, Alexei Navalny, was banned from running in the election.

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In China the National Congress passed a motion extending President Xi Jinping’s term limit for life, almost unopposed.

One of the arguments for the change of the constitution in China is that the autocratic leadership will lead to better economic outcomes.

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Similarly in Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan won a referendum that could see him rule Turkey until 2029—an extended two-term rule.

His supporters argue that stable executive leadership, after Turkey’s attempted coup, will prevent fractured coalition governments.

The moves are not without silent opposition, with voters ducking polling booths, despite threats from the electoral agency of fines.

Kholoud, a 22-year-old student, told reporters she feels the system is not important and has no authority.

“There is no credibility in all of this. I will not vote because I do not matter to this country. I am nothing in this equation. My voice is not important,” Kholoud said.

With a number of countries following the autocratic lead, it begs the question, who is next?

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