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3/30/2018 9:33:51 AM

Egypt's Sisi wins second term with 92% of vote

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with about 92 per cent of the vote, preliminary results showed on Thursday (March 29), with just over 40 per cent of voters casting ballots.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with 92 per cent of the vote, state media says citing preliminary results. (AFP/Khaled DESOUKI)

Twenty-five million of the 60 million registered voters, or some 41.5 per cent, turned out during the three days of polling that ended on Wednesday, state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported. Twenty-three million voted for Sisi.

The Akhbar el-Youm newspaper did not report the full turnout but said Sisi won 21.4 million votes, and his rival Moussa Mostafa Moussa 721,000 votes, without mentioning the number of spoiled ballots.

According to Al-Ahram, in addition to 23 million who cast valid votes, two million spoiled their ballot papers.

Sisi won his first term in 2014 with 96.9 per cent of the vote.

Polling station officials count ballots in the Egyptian capital Cairo at the end of the third day of voting in the 2018 presidential elections. (AFP/Mohamed el-Shahed)

TURNOUT DOWN ON 2014

Turnout of 47 per cent in that year's election was sharply higher than this year's 40 per cent despite appeals from Prime Minister Sherif Ismail for voters to fulfil their patriotic duty.

Sisi had praised the turn out.

"The vote by masses of Egypt will remain a testament, no doubt, that our nation's will imposes itself with strength and knows no weakness," Sisi said on his Twitter account late on Wednesday.

In an interview days ahead of the vote, he said he had wished there were more candidates, denying any role in sidelining them.

At a speech before the vote he also called for a high turnout.

"I need you because the journey is not over," Sisi told a mostly female audience. "I need every lady and mother and sister, please, I need the entire world to see us in the street" voting./.

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