Sisi Overwhelmingly Re-elected as Egyptian President

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April 2, 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has won re-election, taking 97 percent of the vote.

The percentage that the incumbent won was exactly the same as that recorded in the 2014 election. Turnout this time out was lower, at 41 percent. The 2014 turnout percentage was 47.

In the weeks leading up to the presidential election, leaders of the country's opposition parties called for a boycott, in large part to protest the treatment of a series of opposition candidates, all of whom dropped out, willingly or otherwise.

Elections officials reported that 7 percent, or 1.8 million, of the 24 million ballots cast during the three-day election period were intentionally spoiled. That total was higher than the percentage of the vote garnered by Sisi's only challenger, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, officials said. Moussa, a professed supporter of Sisi who got his own name on the ballot just hours before the nomination deadline, got about 656,000 votes.

Among those congratulating Sisi on his re-election were Saudi Arabia's King Salman, American President Donald Trump, and a high-ranking Russian official.

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