Egypt's Sisi sweeps vote with 97pc, turnout down

Egypt's Sisi sweeps vote with 97pc, turnout down

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with 97.08% of valid votes cast in an election last week, the election authority said Monday.

At a press conference in Cairo on Monday, the NEA said 24,254,152 citizens voted in the elections at home and overseas out of more than 59 million eligible voters, representing a turnout of 41.5 percent, according to Al Ahram.

The Egyptian president also thanked sole contender and Ghad Party chairman Moussa Moustafa Moussa, describing him as one that has waged "a patriotic and noble electoral battle".

Even before campaigning officially begun, the United Nations, human rights groups and opposition figures criticised the run-up as compromised by arrests, intimidation of opponents and a nomination process stacked in favour of the incumbent.

Also in recent months, el-Sissi's popularity has suffered as a result of harsh economic reforms that have taken their toll on most Egyptians.

US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin separately called el-Sissi to congratulate him.

"President Trump offered his honest congratulations for President El Sisi's success in the presidential elections, wishing Egypt progress and prosperity", el-Sisi's office said in a statement Monday.

Closer Greg Holland, Cardinals agree to deal
Holland - a three-time All-Star who led the National League in saves a year ago - had 41 saves for the Colorado Rockies in 2017. He is the last remaining top-tier free agent on a free agent market that has been slow developing.

Almost all observers consider the 2018 Egyptian presidential elections to be neither free nor fair. The next highest vote-getter, with 3 percent of the vote, was a supporter of the president.

El-Sisi hinted that working on more collaborative grounds would be a priority in his upcoming term.

"The sight of Egyptian citizens from all walks of society lining up was impressive and inspiring", Mr Sisi said in a speech to the nation.

He led a de facto military coup in 2013 to topple the administration of President Mohamed Morsi and won the presidential election a year later by a landslide.

We have noted reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the elections, Nauert said.

Sisi's only rival for the presidency was Mousa Mostafa Mousa, after several other candidates quit the race.

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