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According to sources in the election committee, after counting the votes from 327 out of 352 polling stations, 22.3 million people (about 92.3%) have voted for the front runner in the election. Slightly more than 852,000 people or 3.5% voted for his rival Hamdeen Sabahi. About one million ballots (4.1%) were recognized void.
Field Marshal el-Sisi is a professional soldier who became globally famous amid the developments of June 2013, when multi-million-strong rallies started in Egypt in protest against President Mohammed Morsi. July 3, the army announced about the overthrow of Morsi, which resulted in violent clashes between supporters and opponents of Islamists that lasted for a month and a half. Only the introduction of a state of emergency and curfew in the country, as well as the dispersing of the Muslim Brotherhood, who were rallying in Cairo, allowed to gradually stabilize the situation in Egypt.
Naseri socialist Hamdeen Sabahi presented himself as a candidate from the civil revolutionists’ camp. He ran for presidency in 2012, but lost about 5% to almost equal in results ex-prime-minister Ahmed Shafik and a pro-Morsi candidate. The latter won with a minimal gap in the second round, but almost in a year has been overthrown by the army.
Even according to preliminary reports, el-Sisi shows better results that Morsi two years ago. Then, 13,230,131 people (51.73%) voted for him, and 12,347,380 people (48.27%) voted for his rival Shafik. El-Sisi’s campaign office, referring to own sources in the election committee, has already stated that their candidate polled over 23 million votes out of 25 million, who cast their votes. According to some reports, the voter turnout was about 47%.
The official results of presidential elections in Egypt will be announced within five days.