Former Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has won a landslide victory in the presidential election that ended Wednesday, provisional results showed on Thursday.
According to the state-run Al-Ahram daily, el-Sisi had captured 97 percent of votes with more than 90 percent of ballots counted, while Hamdeen Sabahi, a leftwing politician, garnered 3 percent. El-Sisi's victory was widely expected.
He led the coup in July that ousted Mohammed Morsi, the country's first civilian president following the 2011 revolution that toppled the government of Hosni Mubarak.
Official results of the election are expected to be announced as early as Sunday, with el-Sisi likely to be sworn in a few days later.