Egypt's Sisi Set to Win President Vote by Landslide

World | May 29, 2014, Thursday // 10:28| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Egypt's Sisi Set to Win President Vote by Landslide Sisi resigned as chief of Egypt?s military in end-March to run for the presidency. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, former Egyptian military chief, is now poised to win the presidential elections held this week with an overwhelming majority.

Provisional results quoted by state media suggest he received over 96% of the vote, with 24.7 million ballots counted.

After election statistics were announced, hundreds of cheering Sisi supporters flock to Cairo's streets to celebrate.

The other election candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, however, claimed "violations" have been observed in the voting process.

The opposition Muslim Brotherhood movement, which was toppled down in July 2013 following mass protests over the policies of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, did not take part in the vote.

Low turnout, at about 45%, is expected to be declared after all ballots have been counted. It was 52% before the previous elections which brought Morsi to power.

Authorities had decided that the vote take place in three days (Monday to Wednesday) instead of two as was planned to increase voter activity.

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