Egyptians celebrate Sisi ‘victory’ ahead of final results

Supporters hold up posters of Egypt's former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as they celebrate at Tahrir square in Cairo May 28, 2014. (Reuters)

Supporters of Egypt’s presidential frontrunner Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi held impromptu “victory” celebrations in different parts of Cairo late Wednesday, according to the Cairo-Based ONA News Agency, as partial results showed the former army chief was headed to a major election win.

One group gathered at the One Unknown Soldier Memorial group in the Nasr City district of the capital, unfurling the largest banner ever made of Sisi, who is almost certain to win the crucial election.

Joined by a number of celebrities, the Sisi supporters were seen dancing to national songs while waving flags of Egypt.

Celebrations for Sisi were also reported in Tahrir Square, the birthplace of the Egyptian revolution.

Partial results at 9pm GMT showed Sisi leading with more than 90 percent of the vote ahead of his sole rival, leftist lawmaker Hamdeen Sabahi, who appeared to have conceded defeat even before the end of the count.

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