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Egypt's Sisi wins 92 percent of votes in presidential election

Staff Writer | March 29, 2018
Initial results showed that Egypt's incumbent President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi won 92 percent of the votes in the 2018 presidential election, with 23 million Egyptians voting for him, state-run Al-Ahram news website reported.
Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi
Africa   Initial results
According to Al-Ahram, some 25 million Egyptians out of nearly 60 million eligible voters have cast their votes in the three-day election concluded on Wednesday.

The initial results also revealed that Sisi's sole rival in the race, little known politician Moussa Mostafa Moussa, garnered only three percent of the votes.

The voter turnout according to the initial results amounts to over 42 percent.

The vote counting started right after closure of polling centers nationwide at 10 p.m. local time (0800 GMT) on Wednesday.

The final result will be officially announced by the National Election Authority in a press conference Monday.

Sisi came to office in mid-2014, a year after he, as the army chief then, led the military ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

The voter turnout in the 2014 presidential polls, which Sisi won by nearly 97 percent of votes against leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, was about 47.5 percent of some 53.8 million registered voters.