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Egypt finally gets a new president, a former army chief

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Egypt’s President-elect Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Egypt’s election commission has officially announced former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as the winner of the country’s presidential election.

The election commission said on Tuesday evening that Sisi won the polls by 96.1 percent of the votes.

It put the turnout at 47.5 percent of the country’s 53 million eligible voters during the three-day vote. Some opposition movements, however, have put the voter turnout at about 11 percent.

Sisi’s close supporter, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, was the first world leader who congratulated him.

Sisi won the election over his only rival Hamdeen Sabahi who has criticized the vote, saying it lacked credibility.

In a statement released on May 28, Sabahi’s campaign declared that it was withdrawing its election observers because they were arrested or attacked.

“In the past 48 hours we were subjected to a wide range of abuses, assaults and violations. These include preventing campaign delegates from entering the polling stations, and assaulting and arresting them,” the statement said.

Egypt’s polls closed on May 28 after voting was extended to a third day following a low turnout.

Observers have criticized the extension, arguing that the move raises questions about the neutrality of the government and the integrity of the electoral process.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement and pro-democracy groups boycotted the election, a move that apparently led to a lower turnout than the election that brought ousted President Mohamed Morsi to power.

Sisi’s presidency places Egypt back in the hands of a top military official just three years after a popular uprising against Mubarak, an air force officer who ruled the North African country for nearly three decades.


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