Egypt's Sissi Reelected to Presidency With 97 Percent of Votes at 41 Percent Turnout

Sissi also won with 97 percent of the vote in 2014, but this election's turnout was lower

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi casting his vote on the first day of the 2018 presidential elections at a polling station in the capital Cairo on March 26, 2018/
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has been re-elected with 97 percent of votes, the exact proportion that brought the former military commander his first term four years ago, Egypt's election commission announced on Monday. 

However, turnout in last week's election was lower than in 2014, at 41 percent. 

Sissi had long been virtually guaranteed victory after all serious opposition pulled out of the contest earlier this year. 

A election banner for Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi hangs on top of a residential building that reads "You are the hope" in Cairo, Egypt on March 24, 2018.
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