Supporters of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi greet police officers while they celebrate Sisi's presidential election victory at Tahrir square in Cairo May 28, 2014.REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who toppled Egypt's first freely elected leader, took more than 90 percent of the vote in a presidential election, provisional results showed on Thursday, as he joined a long line of leaders drawn from the military.Sisi won 93.3 percent of votes cast, judicial sources said, as counting neared its conclusion after three days of voting.Turnout was 44.4 percent of Egypt's 54 million voters, judicial sources said, less than the 40 million votes, or 80 percent of the electorate, that Sisi had called for last week and also less than the 52 percent turnout Mohamed Morsi won in the 2012 presidential election. Others saw the stability offered by Sisi as important.Some Egyptians, exhausted after years of upheaval, have concluded that Sisi is a strong figure who can bring calm, even though past leaders from the military mismanaged the country.Young secular activists, including those who backed Morsi's ouster, had become disillusioned with Sisi after many were rounded up in the crackdown that also restricted protests.Since he gave a series of television interviews, many Egyptians feel Sisi has not spelled out a clear vision of how he would tackle Egypt's challenges, instead making a general call for people to work hard and be patient.
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