Initial results showed that Egypt‘s incumbent President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi won 92 percent of the votes in the 2018 presidential election, with 23 million Egyptians voting for him, state-run Al-Ahram news website reported Thursday.
According to Al-Ahram, some 25 million Egyptians out of nearly 60 million eligible voters cast their votes in the three-day election concluded on Wednesday.
The initial results also revealed that Sisi’s sole rival in the race, little known politician Moussa Mostafa Moussa, garnered only three percent of the votes.
The voter turnout according to the initial results amounted to over 42 percent.
The vote counting started right after closure of polling centers nationwide at 22:00 local time (0800 GMT) on Wednesday.
Most Egyptians who voted for Sisi expressed their belief in him as a savior from Islamist radicalism of the currently blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood group and trust in Sisi’s leadership of the country for eradication of terrorism and for further security, stability and development.
The final result will be officially announced by the National Election Authority at a press conference on April 2.
Sisi came to office in mid-2014, a year after he, as the army chief then, led the military ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.