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Egypt election: Sisi 'set to win second term as president’


Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is set to be re-elected for a second term, partial results suggest, APA reported citing BBC News.

 

The state-run al-Ahram newspaper said Mr Sisi had won almost 92% of the 25 million votes counted so far.

 

His sole challenger was Moussa Mustafa Moussa, a little-known party leader who had supported his re-election until his last-minute decision to enter the race.

 

Other potential candidates dropped out or were arrested, prompting opposition figures to call for a boycott.

 

Mr Sisi led the military's overthrow of Egypt's first democratically-elected president, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

 

Mr Sisi hailed the participation of Egyptians in the polls on Wednesday night, saying it reflected "the greatness of the country".

 

"The votes of Egyptian masses will certainly remain a witness that our nation's will is strongly prevailing," a statement on his Facebook page said.

 

The final results are expected to be announced on Monday. 

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