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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has won a second term with over 92 percent of the vote, state media MENA reported on Friday.
The incumbent had only one challenger, Moussa Mustafa Moussa, who netted just only 3.1% in the three-day vote that started on March 26th.
According to MENA and the state-owned newspapers al-Ahram, 25 million of Egypt’s 60 million registered voters – 40 percent – had cast ballots during the three days of polling that ended on Wednesday.
The National Election Authority is scheduled to announce the full official result on Monday.
Sisi, who as army chief ousted Egypt’s first freely elected president — Islamist Mohamed Morsi — after mass street protests in 2013, won his first term in 2014 with 96.9 percent of the vote.
President Vladimir Putin of Russia was among the first to send a message of congratulations to President el-Sisi on his re-election.
“The election outcome has clearly confirmed the high regard the Egyptian public has for you, and the broad support for your course for solving current socioeconomic issues and strengthening stability in the country,” reads Putin’s message.
“Russia values its strategic partnership with Egypt. I hope that together, we will ensure further development of our mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in all areas, as well as coordination of our efforts in regional and international affairs and countering global security threats and challenges. This, without doubt, meets the interests of our friendly nations.”
Opposition groups had called for a boycott of this week’s vote which they labelled a charade. The vote, however, went very peacefully.