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El-Sisi wins Egypt's presidential election with 97% of vote


Egyptian former Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was elected president of the country, winning 96.91 percent of the vote in an election held last week, according to an announcement by the election commission Tuesday.

Turnout came to 47.45 percent, far lower than an 80 percent target aimed at by el-Sisi, who wanted a high voter participation and an overwhelming mandate to demonstrate the legitimacy of his election as a new president.

El-Sisi garnered about 23.78 million votes while his rival Hamdeen Sabbahi won 760,000 votes or 3.09 percent, the commission said. Voting was held May 26-28.