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Abdel Fattah al Sisi re-elected Egypt president as spoilt ballots outnumber rival

Abdel Fattah al Sisi re-elected Egypt president as spoilt ballots outnumber rival

He said 92.73 percent of the votes were valid from the roughly 24 million cast, while nearly two million ballots were spoiled.

"Trump spoke today with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi of Egypt", the White House said in a readout of Trump's call with el-Sissi Monday.

NEA Chairman Lashin Ibrahim announced in a press conference that participation among Egypt's almost 60 million eligible voters, both in the country and overseas, reached 41.05 percent (24,254,152 voters), compared to the 47.45 percent in the 2014 election, in which Sisi came to power for the first time.

Of the 24 million Egyptians who cast their ballots inside and outside the country, more than 21 million voted for el-Sissi in last week's election.

He also thanked his sole opponent, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, who received 656,534 votes, or just 2.92 percent, of the valid votes, according to the election authority.

El-Sisi faced no serious challenger after a string of potentially strong candidates were either arrested or withdrew under pressure, according to The Associated Press.

"The election was an epic of love dedicated to Egypt", said Lasheen Ibrahim, the head of the election commission, who announced the official results in a televised news conference.

"President Trump congratulated President Al Sisi on his reelection".




Egypt's armed forces offered its official congratulations to Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on the occasion of his re-election as the country's leader till 2022.

He graduated from Egypt's Military Academy in 1977, later studying in Britain and the United States.

Authorities went to great lengths to boost turnout, using the state's vast resources to get voters out and threatening to fine anyone boycotting the election, whose result was a foregone conclusion.

In 2014, el-Sissi won the presidency with 97 percent voter support, with turnout at more than 47 percent.

In an interview days ahead of the vote, Sisi said he wished there were more candidates, denying any role in sidelining his rivals.

A jihadist insurgency since has killed hundreds of policemen and civilians.

Sisi has embarked on tough economic reforms that have been welcomed by foreign investors but dented his standing at home, even though his popularity remains high.


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