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US President Trump congratulates Egypt's Sisi for winning country's presidential elections

Ahram Online , Monday 2 Apr 2018
Trump, El-Sisi
File Photo: US President Donald Trump (L) and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (R) during the latter's visit to the US (Photo Courtesy of Egypt's Presidency spokesman)

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received a phone call on Monday from US President Donald Trump who congratulated him for winning the country's presidential elections.

In an official statement, Egyptian presidency spokesman Bassam Rady said Trump expressed his sincere congratulations for El-Sisi's win, adding that the final results showed the Egyptian nation's trust in him.

Trump accentuated the US's keenness on boosting strategic ties between the two countries, as well as continued coordination and consultation over matters of mutual interest.

El-Sisi, who secured a second term as President till 2022, affirmed the depth and uniqueness of Egyptian-US relations, adding Egypt's desire to coninue strengthening ongoing strategic cooperation between the two countries.

US Department of State spokesman Heather Nauert said in a statement following El-Sisi's reelection that "the US looks forward to continuing to work with President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to advance our strategic partnership and address our common challenges, while encouraging respect for and protection of basic rights and freedoms."

"We will continue to encourage a broadening of opportunities for political participation for Egyptians, and emphasize the importance of the protection of human rights and the vital role of civil society in Egypt," Nauert said, adding that the US has noted "reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the elections."

On Monday, the National Elections Authority (NEA) declared incumbent President El-Sisi the winner of Egypt's 2018 presidential elections with 97 percent of valid votes in an electoral process that witnessed the turnout of 24 million out of 59 million eligible voters, or 41 percent.

El-Sisi secured an expected second four-year term after winning 21,835,378 votes. Moussa won 656,534 votes, or 2.92 percent of total votes.

The authority said the number of invalidated ballots was 1,762,231 or 7.27 percent of total votes cast.

El-Sisi is due to be sworn in at the House of Representatives in Cairo in June, as per constitutional guidelines, according Egyptian parliament's spokeperson Ali Abdel-Aal.

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