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Initial Egypt Election Results Show Landslide Win for Incumbent Sissi

30 March 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with a sweeping majority, garnering almost 92 percent of the total votes, media reports said on Thursday.

The initial results also revealed that Sisi's sole rival in the race, Ghad Party head Moussa Mostafa Moussa, garnered only three per cent of the votes.

A low voter turnout could raise doubts about the election's credibility, which had prompted Egypt's National Election Authority to threaten those who boycotted the vote with a fine of up to 500 pounds (29 dollars) in a bid to push voters to go to polling stations in the hours before the deadline on Wednesday. Early estimates of turnout have varied from one governorate to another.

Writing on his Facebook page, al-Sisi said the number of people turning out to vote was representative of the "greatness of the country".

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As ballots are tallied for official results due on April 2, the focus will be on final turnout since Sisi faced no credible opposition. He secured a landslide victory with 96.91 percent of votes in the 2014 presidential election.

A woman takes a selfie with an effigy depicting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during the second day of voting in the presidential election in Cairo on Tuesday.

There are about 60 million eligible voters in Egypt. In a nearby polling center the turnout reached 34 percent, according to figures provided by the judges.

Saadia Ali, a housewife and mother of five, said she came because she hopes things will get better.

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However, turnout figures, which were the main challenge facing el-Sissi, remain unclear. Noha al-Nemr, voting in Cairo's middle-class Mohandiseen district, said: "I voted for Sisi of course, because it's enough that because of him, my family and I live in safety - even if there's hardship". "I wish that the next step is to change the constitution so he can run for a third, fourth, fifth, and forever".

Sissi has said that he is not in favor of amending constitutional provisions barring the president from staying in office beyond two four-year-terms. Last week Mr Sisi urged all Egyptians to vote, saying the "entire world" needed to see them in the streets.

El-Sissi has waged a massive crackdown on dissent since Morsi's overthrow.

Some voters said they had received payments and other inducements to cast their ballots.

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Initial Egypt Election Results Show Landslide Win for Incumbent Sissi