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Morsi supporters protest Egypt vote results

A man flashes the sign for victory next to members of the Egyptian security standing guard outside a polling station as Egyptians arrive to cast their vote in the northern coastal city of Alexandria on May 28, 2014 after the electoral commission extended a presidential vote for a third day, amid reports of a low turnout in the first poll after the overthrow of Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi, state media said. AFP PHOTO / STR

CAIRO: Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi staged morning rallies on Friday to protest the unofficial results of Egypt's presidential election that showed former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi had secured an overwhelming victory.

Flag-waving protesters staged several rallies in the central provinces of Minya and Beni Sueif, amid chants against the military and police.

Protesters flashed the Rabaa sign, which commemorates the killing of hundreds of Morsi supporters in a violent dispersal of their protest camps in Cairo in mid-August.

Similar rallies and human chains were staged in the canal cities of Ismailia and Suez and the coastal city of Alexandria.

Friday's rallies were part of week-long demonstrations called by the pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy to protest the poll results, which indicated a resounding victory for Sisi with a whopping 96.7 percent of valid votes.

Results from all 13,893 polling stations across Egypt showed that Sisi had won the race with some 23.5 million votes, while his competitor, leftist Hamdeen Sabahi, won only 791,153 votes, or 3.3 percent, according to a tally prepared by Anadolu Agency.

The pro-democracy bloc has cast doubts on the results, however, saying that only some 10 percent of Egypt's registered voters had cast ballots.

Sisi led the army to oust Morsi - Egypt's first freely elected president - last July following mass protests against the Islamist leader's one-year rule.

While opponents describe Morsi's ouster as a "military coup," supporters call it a "military-backed revolution."

 

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