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May 29, 2014

As expected, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been elected president of Egypt.

Elections officials reported that Sisi was named as the preferred presidential candidate on 92 percent of the ballots cast. Sisi's only named opponent on the ballot, Hamdeen Sabahi, received just 3 percent of the ballots. The rest of the ballots were declared invalid. Sabahi's campaign officials reported irregularities at polling places, but the wide margin of victory was telling in who those who voted wanted to lead their country.

Turnout was 46 percent, even after election officials extended the voting to an unplanned third day and employed a media blitz and a threat to fine non-voters to get people to turn out to vote. Muslim Brotherhood officials and other liberal leaders urged their followers to boycott the voting.

Sisi supporters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, site of the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011 after decades in power, and in Alexandria and other cities.

The turnout was lower than that achieved in the 2012 election, in which 52 percent of the eligible voters cast ballots and Mohamed Morsi was elected president. Sisi was army chief in July 2013 when the military ousted Morsi from power.

Next for Egyptian election officials will be parliamentary elections, which are expected to take place in the next several weeks.

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