After Egypt's Sisi wins 97 per cent, eyes on next term

Saul Bowman
April 4, 2018

France on Tuesday wished Abdel Fattah al-Sisi success for his next presidential term in Egypt and said it stood "resolutely" with the country on the fight against terrorism.

Most Egyptians who voted for Sisi expressed their belief in him as a savior from Islamist radicalism of the now blacklisted Brotherhood group and trust in Sisi's leadership of the country for eradication of terrorism, further security, stability and development.

Mostafa Kamel al-Sayed, a political science professor at Cairo University, said there was a "big chance" Sisi would have the constitution amended. The State Department said that the U.S. "values its strong partnership with Egypt", but that the White House "noted reports of constraints on freedom of expression and association in the run-up to the elections".

The US State Department had earlier noted "reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the election".

The only contender other than Sisi was a supporter of the president. In total about 1.76 million, or 7.27 percent, of Egyptian ballots were invalid according to official figures released on Monday by the electoral commission.

More than one million Egyptians reportedly struck out both Sisi and Moussa's name to cast their ballot for Mohamed Salah, a widely popular Egyptian footballer who played a decisive role in qualifying Egypt for the 2018 World Cup.

An elated Mohammed Mustafa who is a teacher said Sisi is the key to security and stability in Egypt.

There were no presidential debates and Sisi himself did not appear at any official campaign events, although he spoke at a number of ceremonies.

A jihadist insurgency since has killed hundreds of policemen and civilians.

Russian Federation congratulated Mr Sisi on his election win ahead of the official results and regional ally King Salman of Saudi Arabia called him to express support, saying his victory came as a result of strong efforts to combat terrorism.

Enjoying near-unanimous media support, Sisi is seen by many Egytians as the right man to lead the country after years of political, security and economic turmoil that followed the ouster of leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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