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Egypt TV Host Shuns Twitter After Pro-president Poll Fiasco

FILE - A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past a banner of Egypt's president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, at the time still the country's army chief, in downtown Cairo, March 13, 2014.

An Egyptian TV host and staunch supporter of the country's army-chief-turned-president has shut down his Twitter account after his improvised poll in favor of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi backfired.

Ahmed Moussa had asked followers on Thursday to say whether they would re-elect Sissi for another term in office. The page later showed about 1,500 had voted and that 80 percent said “no.”

Moussa then deactivated his Twitter page, later saying on Facebook that his account was hacked and that in fact 90 percent had voted in favor of Sissi's second term.

He posted: “People say: we can't do without you, O President.”

The fiasco went viral on social media with some saying Moussa's account may not have been hacked but that he was simply embarrassed by the results of the poll.