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Thursday 18 September 2014

Time to work says president-elect

Published 03/06/2014 | 18:32

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Egyptian supporters of Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi wave flags (AP)
Protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, during the 'Arab spring' uprising
A supporter of Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi waves a national flag in front of his banner during a celebration at Tahrir Square

Former army chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has won Egypt's presidential elections by a landslide victory of 96.9% of the vote, with turnout of 47.45%, officials announced.

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Anwar el-Assi, the Election Commission's president, said Mr el-Sissi received 23.78 million votes, while his sole rival, leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, got 3% of the vote.

After the announcement, several hundred people gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square set off fireworks, cheered and sang pro-military songs.

Mr El-Sissi's victory was never in doubt, but the career infantry officer had pushed for a massive turnout as well to bestow legitimacy on his ousting last July of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the ensuing crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist supporters.

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