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Sabahi accepts defeat in Egypt vote

Published 29/05/2014 | 04:32

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Fireworks explode as supporters of Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi celebrate at Tahrir Square in Cairo (AP)
A supporter of Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi holds a national flag during a celebration at Tahrir Square in Cairo (AP)

The defeated candidate in Egypt's presidential election has accepted defeat by the nation's former military chief, but said turnout figures announced by the government are not credible.

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Left-wing politician Hamdeen Sabahi says there were serious violations in the vote, but not enough to significantly change the outcome - a crushing victory for the retired field marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. El-Sissi took more than 92% of the vote, while Sabahi won 2.9%, according to el-Sissi's campaign.

But he said the turnout figure of 46% announced by the interim president is not credible.

"It is an insult to the intelligence of Egyptians," he said.

Sabahi earlier complained that measures by the government, particularly extending the election to a third day, aimed to improperly inflate voting figures.

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