Egypt's election produces surprise runner-up: Invalid votes

2018-04-03 11:35

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's victory in last week's election was never in doubt, but the vote produced a surprise runner-up - an unusually large number of invalid ballots.

The spoiled ballots suggest a possible protest vote against el-Sissi or the election itself.

Official figures released Monday by the election commission gave al-Sisi 97% of the vote, securing him a second, four-year term in office following an election in which he ran virtually unopposed.

His sole challenger, Moussa Mustafa Moussa, a little-known politician who made no effort to challenge him, received 656 534 votes, or 2.92%.

Moussa's tally was outdone by the 1.76 million invalid ballots, which would have amounted to 7.27% of votes cast.

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