Trump congratulates Egypt's al-Sisi on his election victory

Sinai 2018

Egyptian Army during"operation sinai 2018

Egypt's election commission says President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has won a second, four-year term with more than 97 percent of the vote in last week's election, with turnout of 41.5 percent.

The election featured only one other candidate - himself an ardent supporter of Mr Sisi - after all serious opposition contenders halted their campaigns in January.

In a brief victory speech broadcast Monday evening on state television, Sisi sent "greetings, appreciation, and respect" to Egyptians.

Sisi directed "thanks and appreciation to Moussa Mostafa Moussa who lead an honest and civilised competition".

A total of 21,835,387 voted for Sisi at home and overseas, while Sisi's only rival Moussa Mostafa Moussa garnered 656,534 votes, or 2.92 percent.

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An elated Mohammed Mustafa who is a teacher said Sisi is the key to security and stability in Egypt.

US President Donald Trump today congratulated Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on his re-election and hailed the "strategic partnership" between the two countries.

The US State Department had earlier noted "reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the election".

"These are momentous moments for this nation.which will be written in letters of light, under the title: battle for the love of Egypt", Ibrahim said as he announced the results.

State media portrayed failure to vote as a betrayal of Egypt.

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Sisi has said he has no ambition to stay after the end of his second term in 2022 - something the current constitution prohibits anyway.

Since the campaign was launched, more than 100 jihadists and at least 22 soldiers have been killed, according to official figures.

The group has killed hundreds of soldiers, policemen and civilians, mainly in its North Sinai stronghold but also elsewhere in Egypt.

It comes shortly after Trump faced widespread pushback for congratulating another foreign leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who similarly won a race that was broadly criticised as neither free nor fair.

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