` Egyptian Electorate Voted Overwhelmingly for Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ‘

#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – June 04 – With all the votes counted, Egyptian Election Commission has announced that the former army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi won the presidency by a landslide of 96.91 percent.

Some 23.78 million people cast their ballots for the 59-year-old politician in the May 26-28 election. El-Sisi’s sole challenger, leftist Hamdeen Sabahi, managed to get only 757,511 – or 3.9 percent – of the vote with a turnout of 47.45 percent.

After the announcement, several hundred people gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to celebrate: they set off fireworks, cheered and sang pro-military songs, The Associated Press reported.

However, El Sisi’s campaign said turnout nationwide was around 44 per cent, even after voting was extended for a third day Wednesday — well below the nearly 52 per cent turnout in the June 2012 election won by Morsi.

In his final campaign TV interview last week, El Sisi set the bar even higher, saying he wanted more than 40 million voters — there are nearly 54 million registered voters — to cast ballots to “show the world” the extent of his popular backing.

(National) – El-Sissi supporters held all-night celebrations in Cairo, with several thousands gathered at the central Tahrir Square, birthplace of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. They waved Egyptian flags, el-Sisi posters and danced. There were similar celebrations in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and a string of other cities north of the capital and in the Oasis province of Fayoum south-west of Cairo.

Critics said the lack of enthusiasm at the polls was in part due to apathy among even el-Sisi supporters, knowing that his victory was a foregone conclusion. Others said it showed discontent with el-Sisi, not just among his Islamist foes but also among a broader section of the public that believes he has no concrete plans for Egypt’s woes and fears he will return Egypt to the autocratic ways of Hosni Mubarak.

The tepid turnout was particularly embarrassing because the government and media had whipped up adulation for el-Sisi over the past 10 months, depicting him as a warrior against terrorism and the only person able to tackle Egypt’s economic problems, high unemployment, inflation and instability.

AP – The National

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