U.S. keen to work with Egypt's re-elected Sisi

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The first presidential term of 63-year-old Field Marshal will officially end on June 7.

The reduced participation from Egyptians came despite efforts to get as many as possible to polling stations during last week's vote.

Sisi won 21,835,378 votes, while Moussa won 656,534 votes, he added.

One day later, another serious contender, rights lawyer Khaled Ali withdrew, saying he and his supporters were being intimidated.

During the same period the army arrested more than 500 "wanted criminals" and prevented 169 people of various nationalities from infiltrating across the western border with Libya, the military said.

Egypt's National Election Authority (NEA) officials announced the election result in Cairo on Monday.

"The voice of the masses of Egyptians will remain a witness - no doubt - that the will of our nation is prevailing with a force that does not know weakness", Sisi had said". Muscat Daily spoke to some Egyptians in Oman who celebrated their President's victory.

Sisi was expected to win a landslide victory in the polls, yet the Egyptian leadership sought a high voter turnout as a sign of popular support for Sisi's administration.

State media portrayed failure to vote as a betrayal of Egypt.

Officials said that if any such incidents took place they were not state-sponsored and extremely limited.

Critics say Mr Sisi's popularity has been eroded amid tough economic reforms that have left most Egyptians worse off and also by an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.

El-Sissi began his rule after leading a military coup in 2013 against then-President Mohamed Morsi.

US President Donald Trump today congratulated Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on his re-election and hailed the "strategic partnership" between the two countries.

Trump's decision to congratulate the fellow president could face criticism.

Earlier the State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the USA "will continue to work to advance our shared objectives" with Egypt, despite its concerns over political freedom.

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