Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is set to win his second term as Egypt’s President after winning roughly 90% of the vote, according to preliminary results reported by state media.
President Sisi, who ran against just one other candidate, won about 22 million votes of a total of 24 million. Official results are scheduled to be announced on April 2nd, 2018 which was confirmed by state-run newspaper Akhbar al-Youm.
Different preliminary results indicated about 40% turnout out of 59,078,138 registered voters.
His only rival for the presidency, Mousa Mostafa Mousa, was accused by Sisi’s detractors of being a stooge candidate. The opposition blamed Sisi’s government for intimidating or coercing other candidates to pull out, but the President said he was not to blame.
Mousa said he was a supporter of Sisi before he decided to run, but insisted that his election campaign was genuine.
“It is not my fault. I swear to God, I wished there would have been more candidates for people to choose who they want. But they were not ready yet, there is no shame in this,” Sisi said in a recent TV interview.