President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is received by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi on Tuesday in a two-day visit to Abu Dhabi - press photo
CAIRO – 3 April 2018: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has congratulated President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on his re-election for a second term in the presidential elections, WAM news agency reported Monday.
Speaking on a telephone call, Sheikh Mohamed expressed his best wishes to the Egyptian government and people to attain further development and prosperous life over the coming era, affirming that the UAE and Egypt enjoy strong and historical ties on both the official and public levels.
For his part, President Sisi thanked Sheikh Mohamed and commended the strong strategic cooperation between Egypt and the UAE under the leadership of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan that, he said, sets an example for strong relationships between the Arab countries.
Sisi also expressed his aspirations for continuing cooperation between the two brotherly countries over the coming period in addressing the challenges besetting Arab national security.
In a press conference on Monday, the National Election Authority announced the victory of Sisi over Ghad Party Chairman Moussa Moustafa Moussa in the 2018 presidential election.
President Sisi garnered 97.08 percent of valid votes in the presidential election last week, where more than 21.8 million people voted for him. His hardly-known competitor, Moussa Moustafa Moussa, received 656,534 votes, making up 2.9 percent of the valid ballots.
The turnout stood at 24,254,152 voters, representing 41 percent of 50,078,138 registered voters.
In a televised speech after winning the election, Sisi pledged to keep his promise in serving the nation and thanked all Egyptians for trusting him to lead the country.
“With complete honesty, I pledge to keep my promise with you and to dedicate myself to spare no efforts for our great nation,” Sisi said on Monday. The national unity that was shown during the election was strong evidence of Egypt’s solid power against those who wanted to undermine the country, he added.
Much like the 2014 election, when Sisi competed against well-known politician Hamdeen Sabahy, invalid votes ranked second in the poll. In the 2014 vote, 23.4 million people voted for Sisi, invalid votes accounted for one million ballots, and Sabahy won 740,000 votes.
In 2018, invalid votes made up 7.27 percent of the total votes, accounting for 1.762 million ballots. If invalid votes are not excluded from the result, Sisi's share of the total votes would be 90 percent.