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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi: 5 things to know



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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with President Trump at the White House on Monday.

Here are five things to know about el-Sisi:

Led coup against Mohamed Morsi

El-Sisi was the head of the Egyptian armed forces when he ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi of the radical Islamist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, in July 2013 following mass protests against Morsi’s rule. Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, had appointed el-Sisi as both commander-in-chief of the military and defense minister in 2012 in what was seen as a bid to forge ties between the Islamist government and the military. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces gave approval for el-Sisi to run for president in line with the “desire of the masses” in Feb. 2014 and he was appointed to Egypt’s top military post — field marshal — the same month. He quit in March 2014 so he could run for president.

Won an election observers said appeared rigged

Egypt’s electoral commission said el-Sisi won 96.1% of the vote in a May 2014 election in which 47.5% of 53 million eligible voters cast ballots. But reporters at polling booths, including from Reuters, said turnout was low, and interim prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab said turnout had only exceeded 30% late…

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