Supporters of Egyptian ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hold flags and posters during a rally to celebrate after Sisi scored a crushing presidential election triumph on May 30, 2014 in the coastal city of Alexandria. AFP PHOTO / STR
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Former egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won 96.91 percent in a presidential vote last week, the election commission said on Tuesday, confirming interim results that had given him a landslide victory.But turnout was only about 47 percent of egypt's 54 million voters, the commission said -- less than the 40 million votes, or 80 percent of the electorate, that Sisi had called for. Sisi gained wide support from egyptians after toppling President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last year, prompted by mass protests against his rule. He now faces staggering challenges in a country where street demonstrations have helped to topple two leaders in three years. Saudi has been a main supporter of Sisi and the military government since the army overthrew Mursi.
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