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Rocky road ahead for Egypt president-elect Sisi

Egyptians celebrate in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on June 3, 2014 after ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was voted presidentAbdel Fattah al-Sisi, who romped home in Egypt’s presidential election after crushing Islamists, faces a tough task to restore stability and revive a battered economy amid fears of a return to autocracy. On Tuesday, the electoral commission declared Sisi won 96.91 percent of the vote on turnout of 47.5 percent, nearly a year after he toppled the country’s first freely elected leader, Islamist Mohamed Morsi. The crushing victory over leftist leader Hamdeen Sabbahi had never been in doubt, with many lauding the retired field marshal as a hero for ending Morsi’s year of divisive rule 11 months ago. The United States said it looks forward to working with Sisi but expressed concerns about the “restrictive political environment” in which last week’s vote took place.

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