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Egypt Election: Strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi wins with no real opposition

Egypt Election: Strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi wins with no real opposition

Earlier, the head of Egypt's election authority, Lasheen Ibrahim, had told a news conference that turnout in last week's polling was 41.05% of the nearly 60 million registered voters.

Further, China's President Xi Jinping also sent a congratulatory message to Sisi on Monday.

Most Egyptians who voted for Sisi expressed their belief in him as a savior from Islamist radicalism of the now blacklisted Brotherhood group and trust in Sisi's leadership of the country for eradication of terrorism, further security, stability and development.

Ibrahim said that Sisi won 97.08 per cent of valid votes in the three-day presidential election.

The commission said that Mr Sisi won a total...

The reduced participation from Egyptians came despite efforts to get as many as possible to polling stations during last week's vote.

US President Donald Trump today congratulated Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on his re-election and hailed the "strategic partnership" between the two countries.

According to the Egypt Independent, Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with 97.8 percent of votes, nearly the exact percentage which brought the former military commander to his first term four years ago.

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El-Sissi's backers say he has re-established security in Egypt after the unrest that followed the 2011 uprising, which forced longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak out of power.

Trump said in the call that the United States was keen on strengthening strategic relations and continuing to coordinate on key issues, MENA reported.

The US State Department had earlier noted "reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the election".

People who boycotted the election and cannot show a good reason for missing the vote could face a fine of up to 500 Egyptian pounds (22 euros), the electoral commission has warned.

Morsi's removal in 2013 ushered in a deadly crackdown that killed and jailed hundreds of Islamists.

In February Sisi ordered the armed forces launched their most comprehensive campaign yet to end the five-year-old jihadist insurgency.

The president also said that he was proud to see all the Egyptians participating in the election.

With both France and Egypt concerned by the political vacuum in Libya and the threat from jihadist groups in Egypt, the two countries have cultivated even closer economic and military ties under Sisi.


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