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Sisi heads for crushing win in Egypt elections

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 01:46

May 29 - Provisional results show that former military chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is heading for a huge victory in Egypt's presidential election. Sarah Toms reports.

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Supporters of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate victory at Egypt's presidential election before the polls close. Preliminary results show Sisi with a huge lead. Celebrations lasted through the night in Tahrir Square, the heart of a popular uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011. President Mohammed Morsi, who replaced Mubarak, was democratically elected and one of the few leaders who was not from the military. But two years later and fireworks are set off in homage to Sisi, a general. Many Egyptians see him as as strong figure who can end the country's turmoil. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN WOMAN, NAGAH AHMED, SAYING: "I am thrilled, we won't eat or drink if we need to to support him, and we are going to stand by him, because we love Egypt. And also because I am a daughter of the place he is from. But he is the President for all Egyptians, and he is a man who has something to say and who has a personality and we have needed a man for a long time." But for his opponents there's not much to dance about. As counting comes to a close, the judiciary said Sisi had captured more than 93 percent of the vote. But it's also apparent turnout was low, raising questions about Sisi's credibility. Many Islamic groups boycotted the election. Sisi overthrew President Morsi last July after mass protests. He also oversaw a bloody purge of Morsi's Islamic Brotherhood in which more than 1,400 people were killed and thousands detained. As the last votes are being counted, many Egyptians still feel his policies are vague on how he'll tackle the country's challenges of corruption and high unemployment.

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Sisi heads for crushing win in Egypt elections

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 01:46