Trump, Xi congratulate Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi


However, turnout in last week's election was lower than in 2014, at 41 percent.

According to al-Ahram, two million voters spoiled their ballot papers, inserting the names of candidates who were not among the only two approved.

The NEA previously decided that eligible Egyptian citizens who abstained from voting in the presidential election would be fined 500 Egyptian pounds (about $28).

Other, more heavyweight would-be challengers were all sidelined, detained or pulled out. He won 2.92 percent of the vote.

Six jihadists and two Egyptian soldiers were killed last week during a sweeping operation against Islamic State group militants in the Sinai Peninsula, the army said on Sunday. Some voters said they were offered incentives to cast their ballots including money and food, local and worldwide media reported, but did not say who had made the offers.

El-Sissi led the 2013 military overthrow of Egypt's first freely elected leader, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, whose divisive rule had sparked mass protests.

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Bassam Radi, the spokesman of the Egyptian presidency, said that Sisi stressed during the communication the depth and strength of the Saudi-Egyptian ties and their common objectives.

The United States and Egypt have long-standing security ties, but those ties have been tested in recent years as Sisi has moved to shut down political debate.

"I just want to let everybody know, in case there was any doubt, that we are very much behind President al-Sisi", Trump said during last April's meeting, adding: "We are very much behind Egypt and the people of Egypt".

While Mo Salah is loved in Liverpool fans in his home country of Egypt have taken their adoration one step further -by trying to elect him as their new president. "Egypt has an opportunity over next 4 years to build a prosperous & democratic society, building on rights set out in 2014 constitution".

The State Department earlier noted 'reports of constraints on freedoms of expression and association in the run-up to the elections'.

Russian Federation congratulated Sisi on his election win ahead of the official results, and regional ally King Salman of Saudi Arabia called Sisi on Monday to express support, saying his victory came as a result of strong efforts to combat terrorism.