Israel's Embassy in Cairo Congratulates Sissi on Election Win

Israel's Embassy in Cairo Congratulates Sissi on Election Win

Israel's Embassy in Cairo Congratulates Sissi on Election Win

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has been re-elected president of Egypt with 97 percent of vote, beating one little-known challenger for a second four-year term.

Earlier, the head of Egypt's election authority, Lasheen Ibrahim, had told a news conference that turnout in last week's polling was 41.05% of the nearly 60 million registered voters.

Sisi's sole rival and an erstwhile supporter, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, won 2.92 per cent of the valid votes, Ibrahim said. The candidate had previously showed unwavering support for Sisi throughout the campaigning period before the election.

In total about 1.76 million, or 7.27 percent, of Egyptian ballots were invalid according to official figures released on Monday by the electoral commission.

Voter turnout was 41 percent - 6 points lower than in the previous poll - despite the polls being kept open later on the final day.

The NEA confirmed the review of the results has been accurately completed, after adding the votes of the Egyptian expatriates overseas, reported Masrawy.

"Egypt includes all, as long as a difference in opinion doesn't spoil a nation's cause", President El-Sisi stated in the televised speech after winning a sweeping 97% of the votes.

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Further, China's President Xi Jinping also sent a congratulatory message to Sisi on Monday.

Earlier, Moussa thanked citizens for turning out in the presidential elections, saying their participation proved the people of Egypt are capable of facing all challenges and pressures.

There were no presidential debates and Sisi himself did not appear at any official campaign events, although he spoke at a number of ceremonies.

Mr Sisi said he wanted more candidates to run and that he had nothing to do with the opposition withdrawals.

Egypt has been suffering from a wave of terror attacks that have killed hundreds of policemen, soldiers and civilians since the army toppled former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Russian Federation congratulated Sisi on his election win ahead of the official results.

Critics say former general Sisi's popularity has been eroded amid tough economic reforms, which have left most Egyptians worse off, and also an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.

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