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Egypt's Sisi wins overwhelming majority, early poll count shows

Published on May 29, 2014 8:00 AM

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was headed on Thursday for an overwhelming victory in a presidential election touted as a plebiscite on his ouster of the elected Islamist leader last year.

With almost 15 percent of polling stations accounted for, the retired field marshal led with about 93 percent of votes cast over the three-day election, trouncing his sole rival Hamdeen Sabbahi.

The outcome had never been in doubt, with Sisi riding on a wave of support for a potential strongman who can restore stability after several years of tumult.

Hundreds of Sisi's supporters took to the streets waving Egyptian flags, setting off fire works and honking their car horns.

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