Thursday 19 April 2018

Egypt election: Sisi 'set to win second term as president'

Egypt election: Sisi 'set to win second term as president'
(BBC News Africa 03/29/18)
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is set to be re-elected for a second term, partial results suggest.

The state-run al-Ahram newspaper said Mr Sisi had won almost 92% of the 25 million votes counted so far.

His sole challenger was Moussa Mustafa Moussa, a little-known party leader who had supported his re-election until his last-minute decision to enter the race.

Other potential candidates dropped out or were arrested, prompting opposition figures to call for a boycott.

Mr Sisi led the military's overthrow of Egypt's first democratically-elected president, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

Since then, he has overseen what human rights groups say is an unprecedented crackdown on dissent that has led to the detention of tens of thousands of people.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43581039

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