Trump Congratulates Egypt's President On Winning Criticized Election

Trump Congratulates Egypt's President On Winning Criticized Election

Trump Congratulates Egypt's President On Winning Criticized Election

As per a statement by The White House the two leaders Trump and Sisi "affirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt".

The army launched the campaign on February 9 after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who this week won a second term, gave it a three-month deadline to crush IS in the Sinai. The first presidential term of 63-year-old Field Marshal will officially end on June 7. The main challenger was arrested and his campaign manager beaten up, while other presidential hopefuls pulled out, citing intimidation.

The election commission said the vote was held according to the "highest worldwide standards of integrity and transparency" as it read out the results in a televised announcement. Then, turnout was about 47 percent - but only after election officials agreed to extend the vote into a third day.

Sisi's sole rival and an erstwhile supporter, Moussa Mostafa Moussa, won 2.92 per cent of the valid votes, Ibrahim said.

Mr Sisi led the 2013 military overthrow of Egypt's first freely-elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, after protests against Mr Mursi.

The head of the election authority, which is supposedly independent of the state, hailed Mr Sisi's sweeping victory as a glorious moment for the country.

The United States wants to build on its "strategic partnership" with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the State Department said on Monday, despite its concerns over political freedom in his country.

"I promise that I will remain faithful to my pledge with you, to be honest in my work for the sake of the greatness of our great homeland, and to build up its institutions with all the strength and determination I have and to achieve development and stability", President Sisi said in a televised speech.

It comes shortly after Trump faced widespread pushback for congratulating another foreign leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who similarly won a race that was broadly criticised as neither free nor fair.

Related news