Egypt's Sisi sweeps vote with 97 percent, though turnout was down

Egypt's Sisi sweeps vote with 97 percent, though turnout was down

According to election commission chief Lasheem Ibrahim, turnout was low, with only 41 percent of Egypt's 59 million registered voters showing up at the March 26-28 ballot.

Sissi had always been virtually guaranteed victory after all serious opposition pulled out of the contest earlier this year.

In a televised address, el-Sissi thanked voters and promised to work for all Egyptians, saying "those who renewed their trust in me and gave me their votes are no different from those who did otherwise".

"But I know the vast popularity of President Sisi", he said. The next highest vote-getter, with 3 percent of the vote, was a supporter of the president.

Lasheen Ibrahim, the head of the country's election commission, announced the official results on Monday.

Mr Sisi led the 2013 military overthrow of Egypt's first freely-elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, after protests against Mr Mursi.

Critics say Al-Sisi's popularity has been hurt by austerity reforms and a muzzling of opponents, activists and independent media since his 2014 election.

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The head of the election authority, which is supposedly independent of the state, hailed Mr Sisi's sweeping victory as a glorious moment for the country.

The statement is another signal of the Trump administration's stated goal to improve relations with Egypt after his predecessor Barack Obama declined to invite Sissi to the White House because of concerns about his human rights record.

It will replace the National Council to combat terrorism and extremism suggested by President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi in 2017.

U.S. President Donald Trump expressed his "sincere congratulations" to Sissi on his reelection victory in a call on Monday, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported.

Right after the official announcement of the results, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia congratulated Sisi by phone.

The US State Department had earlier noted "reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the election".

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