Egypt Election: Strongman Abdel Fattah el-Sisi wins with no real opposition

04 April, 2018, 01:10 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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"The two leaders affirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt, and noted that they look forward to advancing this partnership and addressing common challenges, the White House said in a readout of the call".

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with over 97 percent of valid votes, the National Election Authority (NEA) said on Monday.

Sisi has said he has no ambition to stay after the end of his second term in 2022 - something the current constitution prohibits anyway.

Mr al-Sisi's serious rivals had either withdrawn from the race or been detained. Turnout in the 2014 vote was 47 percent.

State media had portrayed failure to vote as a betrayal of Egypt.

Sisi came to office in mid-2014, a year after he, as the army chief then, led the military ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. Mr Sisi swept to victory in an election a year later with 97 percent of the vote.


The United Nations expressed concern over the crackdown on dissent, including on media, which took place before last week's vote.

The NEA also announced that March 30 was the last day to accept appeals from presidential candidates regarding the decisions and results of the general committees in the presidential election 2018, in preparation for the announcement of the final results on Monday.

Earlier the State Department said USA looks forward to continuing to work with al-Sisi.

"It hopes that his reelection will allow him to satisfy the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people for security, prosperity and the full expression of freedoms in a constitutional framework", she said without elaborating.

The election, "which worldwide observers agree is a charade", came "in an global context suitable to supporting authoritarianism and with a blank cheque from US President Donald Trump".

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