Egypt’s Abdel al-Sisi re-elected as president

Egypt President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected with 97% of the total votes. Voter turnout was 41% according to media reports. This is despite efforts to get as many Egyptians as possible to polling stations during last week’s vote.

Sisi won 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. The election featured only one other candidate. This is following the withdrawal of all serious opposition contenders who halted their campaigns in January. Sisi said he had wanted more candidates to run and that he had nothing to do with the opposition withdrawals.

State media had portrayed failure to vote as a betrayal of Egypt. Some voters said they were offered incentives to cast their ballots including money and food, local and international media reported, but failed to disclose who made the offer.


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