Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reelected with landslide 97% of votes

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was reelected for a second term in a landslide victory, garnering 97.08 percent of votes, the National Electoral Authority (NEA) announced on Monday.

IANS April 02, 2018 22:42:56 IST
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reelected with landslide 97% of votes

Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was reelected for a second term in a landslide victory, garnering 97.08 percent of votes, the National Electoral Authority (NEA) announced on Monday.

Egypts President Abdel Fattah alSisi reelected with landslide 97 of votes

Egypt's President-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Reuters

Sisi was widely expected to win since his rival, little-known politician Mousa Mostafa Mousa, previously offered his support to Sisi and barely campaigned in the run-up to the election, Efe news agency reported.

NEA Chairman Lashin Ibrahim announced in a press conference that participation among Egypt's nearly 60 million eligible voters, both in the country and abroad, 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.

Sisi received 21,835,387 votes to Mousa's 656,534.

The election was held under tight security on 26-28 March at over 13,700 polling stations, and was supervised by nine Arab and international organisations and 50 local civil organisations, as well as the Arab League and the African Union.

The NEA previously decided that eligible Egyptian citizens who abstained from voting in the presidential election would be fined 500 Egyptian pounds (about $28).

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