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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

World

Sisi named Egypt president-elect with 96.9% of vote
AFP
Cairo, June 03, 2014
First Published: 22:47 IST(3/6/2014)
Last Updated: 22:55 IST(3/6/2014)

Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won 96.9% of votes in Egypt's presidential election, the electoral commission announced on Tuesday, almost a year after he overthrew elected Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi.

Turnout in last week's election, hastily extended to three days amid fears of low turnout, was 47.45%, said commission chief Anwar Rashad al-Asi.

Sisi's rival Hamdeen Sabbahi won just three per cent of the vote, excluding spoiled ballots.

Sisi's lopsided victory had been certain, with many lauding the retired field marshal as a hero for ending Morsi's divise rule in July.

Yet the lower-than-expected turnout - Sisi himself had called for much more voters to come out - signalled that a wide segment of the population was apathetic or boycotted the election.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, crushed by a massive crackdown following his overthrow and detention, had boycotted the vote.

Some journalists and government employees erupted in applause and began dancing as the final results were announced at a press conference Tuesday.


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