Polling station officials count ballots in the Egyptian capital Cairo on March 28, 2018 at the end of the third day of voting in the 2018 presidential elections. AFP / Mohamed el-Shahed
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President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi cruised toward a landslide election victory against no real opposition but early results showed a lower turnout than the vote that brought him to power in 2014, despite efforts to get more Egyptians to the polls.Critics say the contest recalled the kind of vote that kept Arab autocrats in power for decades before the 2011 Arab Spring.With the election seen by many, including Sisi, as a referendum on his presidency, the focus is on turnout which he has sought to support tough economic reforms and a fight against Islamist militants.Sisi is expected to win over 92 percent of votes, the state media said.Egypt's election commission said the vote would be free and fair, and Sisi said he wished more candidates had run.
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