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03 April 2018, 04:45 | Myrtle Vega
Egyptian Army during"operation sinai 2018
Egypt's election commission announced Monday that President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won a second, four-year term in office with more than 97% of the vote in last week's election, with turnout of 41.05%. El-Sissi garnered 97 percent of the vote, having faced no real challengers in the voting booth.
'The two leaders affirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt, and noted that they look forward to advancing this partnership and addressing common challenges'.
Sisi ran virtually unchallenged after the other serious candidates were arrested or pulled out. His hardly-known competitor, Moussa Moustafa Moussa, received 656,534 votes, making up 2.9 percent of the valid ballots.
However, turnout in last week's election was lower than in 2014, at 41 percent.
State media had portrayed failure to vote as a betrayal of Egypt.
Putin's phone call came a few days after he sent a message to El-Sisi on Friday congratulating him for winning the elections ahead of the official results announcement on Monday.
Egypt's President-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Then, turnout was about 47 percent - but only after election officials agreed to extend the vote into a third day.
Mr Sisi, a former general, led the 2013 military overthrow of Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, after protests against him.
"The election was an epic of love dedicated to Egypt", said head of the election commission, Lasheen Ibrahim.
Opposition groups had called for a boycott of the week's vote which they labelled a charade.
There were no presidential debates and Sisi himself did not appear at any official campaign events, although he spoke at a number of ceremonies.
The election has revealed "obvious problems related to participation and the reluctance of young people (to vote)", said a statement from politician Mohamed Anwar Sadat, a candidate who withdrew in January citing intimidation of his supporters.
Morsi's removal had ushered in a deadly crackdown that killed and jailed hundreds of Islamists.
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.
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