CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: CNN 10 is taking you to Egypt for our first story thisTuesday. I'm Carl Azuz. Thank you for watching the show.
Polls are open in the North African country of 97 million people. A three-day longelection began on Monday that will determine the next president of Egypt. But expertssay that's a foregone conclusion, that the country's current leader, President AbdelFattah Al-Sisi, is certain to win another term.
This is Egypt's third election since long time leader Hosni Mubarak was forced out ofpower in 2011. And that time, like several countries in the Middle East and NorthAfrica, Egypt saw a wave of protests against its government that led to significantchanges in leadership. But today, like several of those same countries, Egypt continuesto struggle with economic problems, limited opportunities for its people andterrorism.
President Sisi was first elected in 2014 and a win this week would bring his second andlast four-year term. One reason why the vote is being watched worldwide is because ifturnout is high, it's possible President Sisi will try to change Egypt's constitutionso he can serve longer.
IAN LEE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Let's take a ride around the streets of Cairo. If youhaven't noticed, Egypt is having a presidential election. A kaleidoscope of campaignposters wallpapers the city.
But you might have noticed something missing, the opposition.
It's not my fault, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview. Iswear to god I wish there would have been more candidates for people to choose whatthey want, but they were not ready yet. There's no shame in this.
There were high profile contenders, but Egyptian authorities arrested former armyGeneral Sami Anan on a number of charges. Ahmed Shafiq, a former 2012 presidentialcandidate, withdrew amid reports of intimidation. Human rights lawyer Khaled Aliwithdrew after saying he was under pressure from authorities.
Muhammad Anwar Sadat, the nephew of late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, also says hefelt pressure to withdraw.
After searching, we finally found the subtle posters of Mousa Mustapha Mousa, a lastminute and little known challenger.
MOUSA MOSTAFA MOUSA, EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: President Sisi was goingalone in this game and if he falls, we all fall.
REPORTER: Mousa is accused of being a stooge of the government, a tool, to give theelection the veneer of legitimacy. He denies this and insists his platform makeshim the better candidate.
No one doubts Sisi will win. The real challenge is voter apathy. His get out thevote campaign aims to drive Egyptians to the polls, and give him the broad mandatehe needs for another four years.
Ian Lee, CNN, Cairo.