Official results give Al Sissi 97% of Egypt vote

Some 24.2 million, or 41.5 per cent of of Egypt’s registered 59.7 million voters turned out in the polls

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, center, waves after arriving for the opening ceremony of the New Suez Canal, operated by the Suez Canal Authority, in Ismailia, Egypt, on Aug. 6, 2015. MUST CREDIT: Shawn Baldwin/Bloomberg


Cairo: Egyptian President Abdul Al Fattah Al Sissi has been elected for a second term in office with 97.08 per cent of the valid votes cast in last week’s election, official results showed on Monday.

Some 24.2 million, or 41.5 per cent of of Egypt’s registered 59.7 million voters turned out in the March 26-28 polls, the election commission said at a press conference in Cairo.

Al Sissi’s sole challenger Mousa Mostafa, a virtually obscure politician, won 2.9 per cent of the valid votes, according to the commission.

With the outcome of the vote a foregone conclusion, the election was seen as a gauge of Al Sissi’s popularity.

The former defence minister has been ruling since 2014.

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