Thursday, 29 May 2014

Abdel Fattah El-Sisi wins Egypt's presidential election

Egypt's General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi cruised to a landslide victory in an election some claim was little more than political theatre. Low voter turnout could threaten his claims of public popularity and mandate to govern.

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi said he won 23.38 million votes, with left-wing politician Hamdeen Sabahi taking 735,285. Invalid votes were 1.07 million, or nearly 350,000 more than the number of votes for the 59-year-old Sabahi.

The victory by retired field marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was never in doubt, but the career infantry officer had pushed for a strong turnout to bestow legitimacy on his ouster last July of Egypt's first freely elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi.

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