Sisi sweeps to victory in Egypt vote

CAIRO: Egyptian ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has reportedly won a crushing victory over his sole opponent with more than 92 percent of the votes counted so far, provisional results showed on Thursday.

According to Sisi’s campaign, the former military chief has won 23.38 million votes, with left-wing politician Hamdeen Sabahi taking 735,285. Invalid votes were 1.07 million, or nearly 350,000 more than the number of votes for Sabahi.

All results announced by campaigns or judges supervising polling centers are still considered unofficial, and must be verified and announced by Egypt’s Presidential Elections Commission (PEC).

Egypt’s Interim President Adly Mansour said the turnout in the presidential elections has reached some 46 percent, according to The Associated Press.

Preliminary tallies showed that some 25 million people cast their ballots in the three-day vote, which he said was free of “any serious misconduct,” Mansour said.

The vote showed “broad consensus for the roadmap” announced after the military overthrow of Ikhwan President Mohammad Mursi in July, Mansour added.

Tahrir festivities.

Meanwhile, fireworks erupted in Cairo as results began to emerge. Sisi’s supporters waved Egyptian flags and sounded car horns on the crowded streets of the capital. Celebrations lasted through the early hours of the morning.

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