Egyptian supporters of Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the nation’s former military chief, wave national flags, during a celebration in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 30, 2014. AP Photo/Amr Nabil
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Egyptian security forces closed Cairo's famed Tahrir Square with barbed wire, giant gates and metal detectors for planned celebrations Tuesday ahead of the announcement of official results from egypt's presidential election, expected to confirm the victory of former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.El-Sissi -- who last summer ousted egypt's first democratically elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi -- won last week's election in a landslide over his sole rival, according to unofficial results released by his campaign. The results, and the swearing in on Sunday, crown the rise of the retired field marshal, who has led a crackdown crushing Morsi's Islamist supporters the last 11 months and vows to restore stability and repair the dilapidated economy after three years of turmoil. El-Sissi is expected to be sworn in Sunday before egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court.El-Sissi has said it will take 25 years to bring a real democracy and has spoken out against too many freedoms that cause turmoil, amid an already shrinking space for political activity.
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