Politics & Economics

Egyptian Media: 40% Turnout, Al-Sissi President With 92% Of Votes

North Africa

Egyptian voters have reelected Abdel Fattah al-Sissi as President in the country's elections. However, low turnout threatens the undermine his legitimacy.

Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has been reelected for a second term with 92 percent of the vote, state media reported on Thursday citing preliminary results.

Pro-government media say there was a turnout hovering around 40 percent.

Vote counting began after polls closed late Wednesday, wrapping up three days of voting.

Official results are expected on April 2.

Of the 59.7 million registered voters, the Al Masry Al Youm daily said Thursday that around 25 million cast their ballots. Another daily, Al Youm Al Sabea, said some 23 million voted.

Egyptian authorities went to great lengths to bolster turnout in a bid to give the election legitimacy.

El-Sisi’s only opponent was a little-known politician who made no effort to challenge him. Several other presidential hopefuls were arrested or withdrew from the race under pressure.

Article: Arab News

Image: Fethi Belaid/AFP