Middle East

Egypt: Sabahi accepts defeat in presidential vote

Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi shakes hands with a civilian near a polling site on the first day of the presidential elections in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abdel Fattah, El Shorouk Newspaper)

CAIRO: The defeated candidate in Egypt's presidential candidate has accepted defeat by the nation's former military chief, but said turnout figures announced by the government are not credible.

Left-wing politician Hamdeen Sabahi says there were serious violations in the vote, but not enough to significantly change the outcome - a crushing victory for the retired field marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. Sisi took more than 92 percent of the vote, while Sabahi won 2.9 percent, according to el-Sissi's campaign.

But he said the turnout figure of 46 percent announced by the interim president Thursday is not credible.

"It is an insult to the intelligence of Egyptians," he said.

Sabahi earlier complained that measures by the government - particularly extending the election to a third day - aimed to improperly inflate voting figures.





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