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Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is Egypt's new president

Although results will be confirmed next week, it is certain that ex-army chief has defeated rival Hamdeen Sabahi

Ahram Online, Thursday 29 May 2014
Tahrir square
Supporters hold up posters of Egypt's former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as they celebrate at Tahrir square in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is Egypt's new president after securing a landslide victory of over 96 percent of the valid votes, with over 23 million voters casting their ballots for him, according to an unofficial vote count as of early Thursday. 

El-Sisi's only contender, leftist Hamdeen Sabahi, garnered a humble 3.5 percent, with less than 800,000 votes. The turnout is around 47 percent. 

A surprise in the 2014 presidential race was the number of invalidated votes – exceeding 1 million – which prompted  jokes on social media that Sabahi and the spoilt ballots were competing for second place in the election.

Although the results are announced by the judges supervising polling centres across the country, they are still considered unofficial as they must be verified and then announced by the Presidential Elections Commission (PEC), the judicial body overseeing the poll.

Judge Tarek Shebl, a member of the PEC's general secretariat, told Al-Ahram's Arabic news website early on Thursday that the official results will be announced either Sunday or Monday, 1 or 2 June.

El-Sisi's victory had long been predicted.

Polling centres began counting votes on Wednesday, the third and final electoral day, at 9pm CLT (6pm GMT). As the results began to come in, Egyptians took to the streets and stayed until the early hours of Thursday morning to celebrate, waving El-Sisi's campaign posters and bringing traffic to a standstill.

A spokesman for El-Sisi’s campaign was already speaking like a winner after midnight on Thursday, thanking the "Egyptian people for putting their trust in Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi".

Speaking to satellite Channel MBC Masr, spokesman Abdallah El-Moghazy said El-Sisi’s campaign didn't need the additional day of voting, citing the ex-army chief’s sweeping victory.

On Tuesday, the PEC added a third day of voting on Wednesday, which many said was driven by fears of low turnout. The decision brought formal complaints from both candidates – which in turn were rejected by the PEC.

However, El-Moghazy said that the media scared people by saying that voter participation was less than ideal, which he claimed was not true.

El-Moghazy said Egyptians went to polling centres for only one “motive”: the love of Egypt and their beliefs in El-Sisi – unlike the temptations offered in the era of Hosni Mubarak, when bread, oil and grains were offered to get people to vote, he said. 

The presidential election was the second since the 25 January 2011 revolution that led to the ouster of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

In 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi won in a runoff  with 52 percent, just over 13 million votes. The turnout was 51 percent. 

This was the first foreign-monitored election in Egypt's history. The European Union had 150 monitors across Egypt, which the EU said maintained their impartiality, neither legitimising the Egyptian electoral process nor validating the election results. The African Union and the Arab League are also observing the elections. 

On Thursday, the EU delegation will hold a press conference to reveal its primary findings.

Also present to monitor the election were the African Union, Arab League and Arab Parliament, as well as a number of NGOs.

The election took place in a generally peaceful atmosphere amidst months of a surge in terrorism since the Morsi's ouster last July.

An improvised explosive device exploded on Monday, the first day of voting, but led to no injuries. Some minor clashes also occurred on Monday between police and Morsi supporters in Cairo, Alexandria and Minya governorates, but were dispersed rapidly by security forces. 

On Tuesday, the second day, another improvised explosive device went off in Cairo's Heliopolis, leaving one citizen with minor injuries.

Late on Wednesday, Judge Mohamed Khairy was transported to a hospital after he was shot while on his way to a central polling centre in Qalioubiya's Benha to hand in votes, head of Sky News Arabia Samir Omar reported.

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Sherif Shehata
30-05-2014 12:34am
Well done,Mr President El-sis's you are now our leader and our Egyptians hope.Everyone knows that Egypt have great resources.If the President of the country and the Government put's they own interest and the country become as one,this will work together for our goals and our economy will be revive.Most importantly Egypt will become one of powerful Country in the world.So come on Egypt,we can do better.The time is coming to think of Egypt and better future for our grandchildren,as Pharaohs done to us.Mr president,you need to look at the poor before the rich to make the country as one and to give people hope for better life,anyway I live in the UK.I will write about All the issues in Egypt and how we can sort it out Corruption,unemployment,Tax Revenue,Agriculture and self- sufficient in food,Education,Water,Power, Energy,Healthcare,Health and safety,Traffic and transport,houses and benefit,Business and economic activity, All we needs to be honest and to do our jobs right.God save Egypt.
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Weary Egyptian
29-05-2014 06:22pm
Grammar Nazis to the rescue
The comments left here are once again proof of the continued division of Egypt. What I have noticed about the pro-junta folk is that in every example here where they criticise their opponents' grammar in order to prove their 'illiteracy' and therefore their 'worthlessness' (what a sad point to attack), their own grammar and spelling has been shortcoming. It might be hard to believe for both of them, but a lot of us view them both as just as venomous and destructive to the future of Egypt as each other, both sides being dogmatically led by a leader who has failed consistently to protect the lives of their people and preserve freedoms.
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29-05-2014 10:26pm
I genuinely had difficulty understanding him, same person insulting Egyptian intelligence of the citizens
God almighty has allowed Sissi to become president, instead of trying to create unnecessary division why not give him the chance we gave Morsi? Only God knows the future and if you think Egyptian voted for Sissi to destroy Egypt then good luck living a sain life. Idk anyone who's saved more Egyptian lives than Sissi. Long live Egypt
29-05-2014 09:14pm
Dear Weary Egyptian
I sympathize with you. However, anyone of those two is better than an Islamist. And while I am also weary and wary, I have not lost hope. May God bless and protect Egypt and help Sisi to prove wrong those who have criticized him.

29-05-2014 10:18am
We love you President Sisi
Allah Akbar!!
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29-05-2014 11:01am
We love.....
it is great magic and work will take years to people voted in "millions" withouting showing up in polling stations.Even the Pro CC & state media coudln't find voters in 3 days.Now all sudden "millions" appeared (cc media is now telling the people these votes found in baloot boxes).In Cairo alone got "3 million" votes but very sad on not moren 1000 people could come out to celebrate...Isn't it tell the story...? Allah O Akbar....only God this can happen

29-05-2014 08:32am
Ha ha haaaaaa
Why they wasting by election?because sisi 200% won by 25% voters .turn out 25% and sisi wining by 200% ha ga haaaaaaaaaaa long live egyptian long life secularism ha ha haaaaa
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anvar-an indian muslim
29-05-2014 06:38pm
allah bless egypt
Mr khan the number of unlike on your comment shows the truth about peoples support for sissi....
29-05-2014 10:00am
Is it coincidence you are the third person to comment?
Also maybe you should brush up on your english grammer, its more difficult than it should to understand what your trying to convey. Seems like you are jealous of Egypt because we have a president we want. If your country had just concluded elections monitored by the EU i would offer congratulations, not sarcastic hatred.

29-05-2014 08:21am
Dear President Sisi
Dear Mr. President Sisi congratulations in winning the Egyptian presidency elections may Allah guide you to help all of Egypt. From Ali an Egyptian American from New York City :-)
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29-05-2014 08:12am
Congratulations General... Congratulations peace loving Egyptians, good riddance to the Muslim brotherhood terrorists.
It's all over for the killers of the Egyptian people. The Egyptian masses, the Egyptian Army, the gulf states, The Libyan people are all with you to hunt down and defeat all Muslim brotherhood cells where ever they may be. As for the brotherhood sheep that have been whining with laughable propaganda.... Wise up, terrorism has been defeated. Now go find a job, and do something useful for a change. Better yet take some English classes, you are all collectively totally illiterate. You have been perusing a dead end dream... Violence does not pay!!!!!
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