Monday, 2 April 2018

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi secures second term on reduced turnout

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second four-year term, after winning 97% of the vote last week, official results show.

The amount is the same as he won in the last election in 2014. But turnout, at 41%, was six percentage points lower.

Electoral officials also said 7% of the 24 million ballots cast were spoiled.

Many saw the outcome as a foregone conclusion, with Mr Sisi's sole opponent a little-known figure who had previously supported his re-election.

Twice as many people ended up spoiling their ballots than voting for Moussa Mostafa Moussa, leader of the al-Ghad party, according to the official results.

Opposition politicians had called for a boycott after several potential candidates dropped out or were arrested. Mr Sisi insisted the withdrawals were not his doing.

BBC       News.

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