Egypt: El-Sissi wins election by landslide

Meanwhile in Egypt… I guess we all forgot

Global News

CAIRO, Egypt – With nearly all ballots counted, Egypt’s former military chief has won a crushing victory over his sole opponent in the country’s presidential election, his campaign said Thursday. But the results were stained by questions about turnout despite a robust government effort to get out the vote.

Retired field marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won more than 92 per cent of the votes, compared with 2.9 per centper cent for his sole opponent and 4 per cent of invalid votes, according to a tally released by his campaign.

His victory was never in doubt, but the career infantry officer had pushed for an overwhelming turnout as well to bestow legitimacy on his ouster last July of Egypt’s first freely elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi.

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Turnout was more than 46 per cent after officials extended voting to a third…

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