Trump congratulates Egyptian president on election win

Clay Curtis
April 3, 2018

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has been re-elected for a second term with 97.08 percent of valid votes cast in an election last week, the election authority said 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 per cent (24,254,152 voters), compared to the 47.45 per cent in the 2014 election, in which Sisi came to power for the first time.

Sisi won a total of 21.8 million votes compared with 656,534 for his opponent, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, whose tally was less than the 1.8 million spoiled ballots.

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

All serious opposition dropped out the election race earlier this year citing intimidation after the main challenger, another former military chief, was arrested.

Russian Federation congratulated Sisi on his election win ahead of the official results, and regional ally King Salman of Saudi Arabia called Sisi on Monday to express support, saying his victory came as a result of strong efforts to combat terrorism.

Turnout of 47% in that year's election was sharply higher than this year's 41% despite appeals from Prime Minister Sherif Ismail for voters to fulfil their patriotic duty.

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In a televised address, el-Sissi thanked voters and promised to work for all Egyptians, saying "those who renewed their trust in me and gave me their votes are no different from those who did otherwise".

Opposition groups had called for a boycott of the week's vote which they labelled a charade.

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

Sisi was elected for a four-year presidential term in 2014.

The Egyptian leader garnered 97 percent of the votes last month, according to the BBC. El-Sissi has since overseen a sweeping crackdown on dissent, jailing thousands of Islamists and several prominent secular activists, and rolling back most of the freedoms won in the 2011 uprising.

Since the campaign was launched, more than 100 jihadists and at least 22 soldiers have been killed, according to official figures.

But attacks by the jihadists have continued.

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