Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with over 97 per cent of valid votes, the National Election Authority (NEA) said. In a televised press conference, NEA chairman Lasheen Ibrahim said that turnout was 41.05 per cent of the 60 million registered voters.
Ibrahim said that Sisi won 97.08 per cent of valid votes in the three-day presidential election. His sole challenger, the little-known centrist politician and al Ghad party chief, Moussa Mostafa Moussa won 2.92 per cent of valid votes. Sisi won 21,835,378 votes, while Moussa won 656,534 votes, he added. About 60 million people were eligible to vote in the election which was held in 13,687 polling stations across the country and under the supervision of 18,678 judges from various judicial bodies and authorities.
Sisi, the then army chief, overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013 following mass protests against his rule. Morsi was Egypt's first democratically elected president following the 2011 overthrow of longtime president Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring uprisings. Sisi was elected for a four-year presidential term in 2014.
The first presidential term of 63-year-old Field Marshal will officially end on June 7. After the declaration of the result, Sisi today pledged to work hard to achieve development and stability. "I promise that I will remain faithful to my pledge with you, to be sincere in my work for the sake of the greatness of our great homeland, and to build up its institutions with all the strength and determination I have and to achieve development and stability," President Sisi said in a televised speech.
The president also said that he was proud to see all the Egyptians participating in the election. President Sisi thanked his rival Mousa for competing fairly and in a civilized way. He said that this has demonstrated Mousa's high national sense and high political performance.
Last week, Sisi posted photos of voters participating in the polls and praised them on facebook for the huge turnout. "The voice of the masses of Egyptians will remain a witness - no doubt - that the will of our nation is prevailing with a force that does not know weakness," Sisi had said. "The scenes of the Egyptians outside the polling stations will remain a matter of honour and pride for me and hard evidence of the greatness of our nation," he added.