Pranab, Modi congratulate Egypt's president-elect

Cairo, June 4 (IANS/EFE): Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are among world leaders who have congratulated new President-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for his landslide victory in the presidential election.

Mukherjee, in a statement released by the Indian embassy in Cairo, said he was closely following the latest developments in Egypt and he had always wished all the best to this great country and its friendly people.

The Indian prime minister also expressed his confidence that under al-Sisi's wise leadership, Egypt will witness a new era of stability and prosperity.

The Indian leaders' congratulatory messages came after Saudi Arabia's King, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, called al-Sisi Tuesday for an international conference for supporting Egypt's economy, 

King Abdullah sent a congratulatory message to al-Sisi after the Egyptian presidential electoral committee declared the latter's victory. 

The Saudi monarch hinted that it was the time to end the chaos that targeted the future and the stability of the country, calling on friends of Egypt to stand by the country and to stop interference in its internal affairs. 

The Saudi calling was supported by United Arab of Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan who expressed his "congratulations on the precious trust given by the brotherly people of Egypt in facing the challenges they are experiencing, and to achieve their aspirations and ambitions in stability, development, progress, prosperity, pride and dignity".

"We are moving with honest determination and a strong will to support our brothers in Egypt; dear to all of us at all levels, and to stand by their side in all circumstances," added Sheikh Khalifa in his cable, according to WAM news agency.

The elected president received a similar message from Bahrain's King Hamad Bin Eiss al-Khalifa, in which the latter expressed his hopes of Egypt regaining its leading role in the region. 

King Hamad also said that he was looking forward to attending al-Sisi's inauguration ceremony.

The former defence minister got 23,780,104 votes, representing 96.91 percent of the votes, while his rival, leftist Hamdeen Sabahy got 757,511 of the total valid votes, or about 3.9 percent.

More than 25 million of the 53.9 million eligible voters cast their ballots, giving a turnout of 47.45 percent.

The US announced Wednesday that it looked forward to working with the new government of newly elected president al-Sisi, urging him to undertake reforms in the field of human rights.

"We note that domestic and international observers concluded in their preliminary statements that Egypt's Presidential Electoral Commission (PEC) administered the election professionally and in line with Egyptian laws," the White House said in the statement released on its official website.

"We are pleased that international organisations were allowed to participate as observers, and note that balloting proceeded in a calm and peaceful manner."

The statement underlined that Egypt and its people have made clear their demands for dignity, justice, and political and economic opportunity. 

Sisi supporters took to the streets till the early hours of Wednesday across the country to celebrate his victory. 

Minutes after he was named the country's new President, al-Sisi addressed the nation through official TV to express his gratitude over the election results.

"My emotions are mixed with happiness and aspiration: my happiness for what you have achieved and my aspiration to be worthy of your trust," said the ex-defence minister, who became the country's most popular figure after he announced the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year.


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