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Egypt's Sissi Wins Presidential Vote by Landslide

Egypt's former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2014.
Egypt's former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2014.
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Former Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has won a landslide victory in his presidential bid against rival Hamdeen Sabahi.

Preliminary results from the three-day extended vote, which ended Wednesday, give Sissi more than 93 percent of ballots cast. Sabahi, who received just 3 percent, conceded defeat saying he would "accept the will of the people."
 
FILE - Egypt’s ex-military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Feb. 13, 2014.FILE - Egypt’s ex-military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Feb. 13, 2014.
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FILE - Egypt’s ex-military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Feb. 13, 2014.
FILE - Egypt’s ex-military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Feb. 13, 2014.
Sissi was all but assured a victory ahead of polls, but had called for a turnout large enough to give him a broad mandate to fix the economy and end the country's political turmoil.

Officials say about 46 percent of Egypt's 54 million eligible voters participated in the poll, less than the 52 percent turnout secured during the 2012 election of Mohamed Morsi.

The European Union mission said the election was held in a "peaceful and calm manner" with "only minor procedural problems" like campaigning near polling stations.   

The Muslim Brotherhood urged a boycott of the vote, accusing Sissi and his allies of "frauds and tricks." It has called a Sissi presidency a continuation of the military takeover of Egypt that started last year when the army overthrew the country's first democratically-elected president Morsi.

Morsi and a number of Muslim Brotherhood backers are on trial over the deaths of anti-government protesters.

Sissi says the Brotherhood has no future in Egypt.

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by: Ashraf Nuuriye from: South Africa
May 29, 2014 10:02 PM
This is Absolutely nothing to do with Dimocracy, Only Hypocrites ( Non-Muslim Brotherhoods ) participated This So-Election while the dimocratically elected President are kidnapped By the military :/

One Day Allah Will Give The Power and Ability To Decide Their Future To All Muslims in the world insha allah <3

by: Xaaji Dhagax from: Somalia
May 29, 2014 1:17 PM
93% voted for soon-to-be life president Field Marshal, Doctor, Al hagi Abdel Fattah el Sissi. DEMOCRACY Egyptian style is working now. Everybody must be happy!!

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
May 29, 2014 12:53 PM
Congratulations Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, congratulations Egypt, congratulations Africa. This is a vindication of justice and an indication that Egypt and indeed Africa want peace, harmony and prosperity in the foremost civilization on the continent. Here is wishing that the Egyptians will prove the enabling environment for the God-sent man to restore Egypt's lost glory, having made sure the vampire, lying Muslim Brotherhood, the brood of vipers, does not return with terrorism to haunt the country.

I know with the presence of el Sissi on top, the brotherhood can die a natural death and release Egypt from a century-long stranglehold that tends to send it back to the Stone Age. Congratulations once again. This is victory for the whole of Africa.
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by: Ashraf Nuuriye from: South africa
May 29, 2014 10:09 PM
Muslim Brotherhood will come back and take out all Hypocrites and those who lies about islam .

Egyp is A Muslim Land Mind you land and Froget about Ours , Jewish Sent You Boko Haram Pretending They are Muslim But To Make You Hate And scare of muslim.

No Matre How Long They Try To Hide the truth and Expand The Lies. One Day Muslims Will The Top And unbelievers Will Be Down All

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