CAIRO: Egypt’s presidential election commission on Tuesday officially announced ex-military chief Abdel- Fattah al-Sisi to be the new president of the most populous Arab state, after achieving a landslide victory over leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabahy in the three-day polls held in late May.
“Presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil al- Sisi got 23,780,104 votes, which represents 96.91 percent of the votes,” Judge Anwar al-Assi, chairman of the election commission, announced at a press conference, adding that leftist leader Sabahy got 757,511 of the total valid votes, which represent about 3.1 percent.
Al-Assi said that more than 25 million out of the 53.9 million eligible voters joined the polls, giving a voter turnout of 47.45 percent.
“The valid votes were 24,537,615, representing 95.93 percent of the votes, while the invalid votes were 1,040,608, representing 4. 07 percent of the votes,” he said.
“Accordingly, the winner of the post of president of the Arab Republic of Egypt is Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi,” al-Assi announced.
A lot of Sisi supporters took to the streets and public squares across the country to celebrate his victory after the announcement. PNA