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Al-Sisi sweeps election as Egypt military reasserts grip on country

Published on May 29, 2014 5:38 PM
 
A Sept 20, 2013, file picture shows Egypt's then Defence Minister and military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attending the funeral of Giza security chief Nabil Farrag in the district of Giza. The former general has scored a crushing presidential election triumph and consolidated the grip of the military, 11 months after the overthrow of the only Egyptian president not drawn from its ranks. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has scored a crushing presidential election triumph and consolidated the grip of the military, 11 months after the overthrow of the only Egyptian president not drawn from its ranks.

Ninety-six per cent of voters, at least 21 million Egyptians, chose retired field marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who deposed elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, with ballots counted from all but a handful of 352 stations, state television reported Thursday.

Sisi's only electoral rival, leftist leader and longtime opposition figure Hamdeen Sabbahi, won less than four percent.

The former general, who retired from the army to run for office, becomes Egypt's fifth president hailing from the military, reasserting the institution's grip on politics in the Arab world's most populous nation.

 
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