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Egyptian president-elect is Abdel Fattah al-Sisi


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Egyptian Presidential Election Commission announced Tuesday that former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won the latest presidential election with 96.91 percent of the vote and will become the new president of the most populous Arab state.

Born in Cairo in November 1954, Sisi, whose father was a furniture maker, grew up in the Gamaleya neighborhood. Sisi has two brothers and five sisters.

After he graduated from the Egyptian Military Academy in 1977, Sisi, with a diploma in military science, joined the military and served in the mechanized infantry.

He went to Britain and studied in the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 1992. In 2006, he received a master degree at the U.S. Army War College in the state of Pennsylvania. He served as a military attache in Saudi Arabia when Hosni Mubarak was president, and then became the commander of the northern military zone in 2008.

In 2011, after the Mubarak government was toppled, he was appointed as head of the military intelligence, becoming one of the youngest members in the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.In August 2012, then President Mohamed Morsi appointed him defense minister and president of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

In July 2013, Sisi ousted Morsi, Egypt's first elected president, after mass protests against his year-long rule turned violent. He also announced a roadmap for the transitional period. Sisi served as defense minister, first deputy prime minister and army chief in the interim government. In March, Sisi announced his resignation from office as well as his bid for the presidency Sisi is not affiliated to any political party. He has three sons and one daughter. CAIRO, June 4 (Xinhua)


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