Egypt's President Sisi wins re-election with 97% of vote: Election Commission

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Sisi won 21,835,378 votes, while Ghad Party leader Moussa, Sisi's sole contender in the election, won 656,534 votes, or 2.92 percent of valid votes.

US President Donald Trump congratulated Egyptian former general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on securing another four years as president, hailing the "strategic partnership" between the two countries Monday.

There was 41% turnout of nearly 60 million registered voters.

The number of invalid votes was 1,762,231, added Ibrahim.

The almost three percent of the vote not won by the incumbent president went to the unknown politician Moussa Mustafa Moussa, an ardent supporter of el-Sissi's who entered the race at the last minute and did not campaign.

Moussa entered the election at the very last moment after first leading a re-election campaign for Sisi, saving the vote from having just one candidate.

On his low percentage of votes, Moussa said if any other candidate ran in the elections race against President El-Sisi, that candidate would have got lower votes than Moussa himself even gained.

In a televised address, el-Sissi thanked voters and promised to work for all Egyptians, saying "those who renewed their trust in me and gave me their votes are no different from those who did otherwise".

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Addressing voters, Lasheen said: "You proved your love for Egypt and that you were and still are behind your country".

Sisi was elected for a four-year presidential term in 2014.

As for Moussa, he said at a press conference that "the most important thing is that Egypt has won".

"President Trump congratulated President Al Sisi on his reelection", the White House said in a statement.

An Egyptian woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Saad Zaghloul Basha school in Giza, on the third day of voting in the 2018 presidential elections on March 28, 2018.

Opposition groups had called for a boycott of last week's vote which they labelled a facade.

Egypt has been suffering from a wave of terror attacks that have killed hundreds of policemen, soldiers and civilians since the army toppled former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Also in recent months, el-Sissi's popularity has suffered as a result of harsh economic reforms that have taken their toll on most Egyptians.

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