Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who for the past 10 months has been the most powerful figure in Egypt, is the country’s newly elected president following the military ouster last year of the country’s first democratically elected leader, Islamist Mohamed Morsi, a retired military commander. The election was extended after reports of low voter turnout that threatened to deprive Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi of an overwhelming show of public support. Even so, el-Sissi won more than 92 percent of the votes, compared with 2.9 percent for his sole opponent and 4 percent of invalid votes. Turnout was more than 46 percent after the extension, making a tally of 23 million votes for el-Sissi. Egypt was in the midst of a new democratic election nearly three and a half years after Honsi Mubarak was forced to step down from his 29 year reign after 28 days of nationwide protests. The only other candidate in the race was leftist politician, poet, and journalist Hamdeen Sabahi, who finished third in the 2012 presidential election.
In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 photo, Egypt’s military chief Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi smiles as he speaks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their talks in Moscow, Russia. The election of Egypt’s former military chief to the nation’s presidency may be remembered for its central irony: He won in a historic landslide — only to shatter his image of invulnerability in the process. El-Sissi’s win was never in doubt, but what the retired 59-year-old field marshal wanted was an overwhelming turnout that would accord legitimacy to his July ouster of Egypt’s first freely elected president — the Islamist Mohammed Morsi — and show critics at home and abroad that his action reflected the will of the people. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi talks as he is surrounded by his campaign members during a press conference at his campaign headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, May 29, 2014. 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. With nearly all ballots counted, Egypt’s former military chief, retired field marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, has won a crushing victory over his sole opponent Sabahi in the country’s presidential election, his campaign said Thursday. But the results were stained by questions about turnout despite a robust government effort to get out the vote. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
An Egyptian voter casts her ballot during the first day of a presidential election in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, May 26, 2014. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s supporters danced to pop tunes praising the military and sported T-shirts bearing his image as they cast ballots Monday in a presidential election that is seen certain to vault the retired field marshal to office. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
An Egyptian casts his ballot for President in an election that comes nearly a year after the military’s ouster of the nation’s first freely elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
In this Wednesday, May 28, 2014 photo, an election worker displays two ballots with a check mark in front of presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s name at a counting center in Cairo, Egypt. With nearly all votes counted, Egypt’s former military chief has won a crushing victory over his sole opponent with more than 92 percent of the votes, according to results announced by his campaign early Thursday. The campaign of retired field marshal El-Sissi said he won 23.38 million votes, with left-wing politician Hamdeen Sabahi taking 735,285. Invalid votes were 1.07 million, or nearly 350,000 more than the number of votes for the 59-year-old Sabahi. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abdel Fattah, El Shorouk Newspaper)
A campaign banner for presidential hopeful and retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is seen splashed with red paint in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, May 22, 2014. El-Sissi is running against leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi, who placed third in the 2012 presidential election won by Morsi. Pew’s poll found that Sabahi has a 35 percent favorable rating, down from 48 percent last year. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
In this July 28, 2013 file photo supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans against Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt. El-Sissi removed Morsi on July 3, 2013 after protests by millions demanding that the Islamist leader go. After much deliberation, Washington decided not to declare it a coup, a step that would have required a cut-off in U.S. aid. El-Sissi, as Egypt’s likely next president is confident that a strong showing in Egypt’s elections May 26-27, 2014, will prove that Egyptians wanted his ouster of the country’s Islamist president, which threw relations between the two allies into their worst strains ever. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Presidential hopeful Hamdeen Sabahi waves to his supporters in Baltim city, 212 kilometers (132 miles) North of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 16, 2014. With only two people – former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi – vying for the country’s top post, the Egyptian election commission set the first round of voting for May 26 and 27, with results expected by June 5. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Egyptian policemen and election workers wait for voters at a polling center during the second day of presidential elections in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. State TV says Egypt’s election commission has extended voting in the presidential election for a third day amid reported low turnout. Government officials, media and the military harangued voters to go to the polls Tuesday in what was supposed to be the final day of the vote, worried that turnout was weaker than expected. The front-runner, former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, is trying to garner an overwhelming show of support. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
A bystander throws a tear gas canister that came back from the al-Azhar University campus after the canister was originally shot by the Egyptian security forces towards protesters at the school in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 2, 2014. Supporters of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi continue to protest in the streets as retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who led last year’s overthrow of Morsi, appears poised to win in the presidential election planned this month. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid)
Relatives of 22 year-old journalist Mayada Ashraf, who was killed during clashes between Egyptian police and Muslim Brotherhood supporters, mourn during her funeral in El-Monofiya, north of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, March 29, 2014. Ashraf, who worked for the privately owned El-Dustour newspaper, was one of four people killed during clashes between security forces and hundreds of supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi who took to the streets Friday to protest the decision by the country’s former military chief to run in upcoming presidential elections. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)
A billboard supporting presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the country’s former military chief, is seen lighten in front of the television building in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, May 24, 2014. Considered all but certain to win is el-Sissi, the man who removed the former president, Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Lead Image Caption: An Egyptian woman casts her vote at a polling site in the upscale Zamalek district of Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, the second and final day of the presidential election with the country’s former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi poised for an almost certain victory. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
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