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Charlie Simmons | 04 April, 2018, 01:20

Sisi won 21,835,378 votes, while Ghad Party leader Moussa, Sisi's sole contender in the election, won 656,534 votes, or 2.92 percent of valid votes.

Egypt's election commission said earlier on Monday, al-Sisi swept to victory at Egypt's presidential election on March 26-28 to be reelected for his second term in office.

The turnout was 41.05 percent, as 24,254,152 voters inside and outside Egypt cast their ballots, head of Egypt's National Elections Authority, Lashin Ibrahim, told a press conference in Cairo.

Ibrahim said 92.73 per cent of the votes were valid from the roughly 24 million cast, while nearly two million ballots were spoiled.

The election has revealed "obvious problems related to participation and the reluctance of young people (to vote)", said a statement from politician Mohamed Anwar Sadat, a candidate who withdrew in January citing intimidation of his supporters.

"President Trump offered his honest congratulations for President El Sisi's success in the presidential elections, wishing Egypt progress and prosperity", el-Sisi's office said in a statement Monday.

The figures were released by the electoral commission on Monday and show turnout dropped significantly from 47% in 2014.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson appeared to strike a more cautious tone, writing on Twitter: "Look forward to working with President Sisi's government in his 2nd constitutional term".

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Egypt's President-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

He also said he would have won if he was competing against another candidate, reported official Ahram Gate website.

Addressing voters, Lasheen said: "You proved your love for Egypt and that you were and still are behind your country".

Sisi's only rival for the presidency was Mousa Mostafa Mousa, after several other candidates quit the race.

Morsi's removal in 2013 ushered in a deadly crackdown that killed and jailed hundreds of Islamists.

Critics say this is a sign of public opposition to Sisi's administration.

Enjoying near-unanimous media support, Sisi is seen by many Egytians as the right man to lead the country after years of political, security and economic turmoil that followed the ouster of leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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