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Trump Congratulates Egypt's President On Winning Criticized Election

04 April, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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"All options are open", said Hassan Nafea, a political science professor at Cairo University.

Sisi's sole rival and an erstwhile supporter, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, won 2.92 per cent of the valid votes, Ibrahim said. At least five major candidates, including Sami Anan and Ahmed Shafiq, were either sidelined or jailed in the lead up to the vote.

About 60 million people were eligible to vote in the election which was held in 13,687 polling stations across the country and under the supervision of 18,678 judges from various judicial bodies and authorities.

According to the current constitution, this new term will be el-Sissi's last under the two-term limit.

In 2014, as army chief, Mr al-Sisi ousted Egypt's first freely elected president Mohammed Mursi after mass street protests.

Sisi has embarked on tough economic reforms that have been welcomed by foreign investors but dented his standing at home, even though his popularity remains high.

Trump said in the call that the United States was keen on strengthening strategic relations and continuing to coordinate on key issues, MENA reported.




"His supporters have started discussing this (in media), especially to amend the article" on two presidential terms, he said.

He is also expected to continue cracking down on dissidents, and "restraints on freedoms and organising" will remain, al-Sayed said.

After hosting Sisi in Paris in October, Macron said it was not up to him to "lecture" Egypt on civil liberties.

Bitar also pointed to a favourable worldwide atmosphere for Sisi.

Russian Federation congratulated Mr Sisi on his election win ahead of the official results, and regional ally King Salman of Saudi Arabia called Mr Sisi on Monday to express support, saying his victory came as a result of strong efforts to combat terrorism.

"The Israeli embassy in Cairo congratulates President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi for winning a second presidential term", the embassy said on its official Facebook page in Arabic.

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