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Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya has congratulated the President elect of the Arab Republic of Egypt His Excellency Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on his re-election as Head of State for a second four-year term.

The message of congratulations states, “President Sisi’s victory is a clear sign of the trust and confidence that the people of Egypt have in him.”

Mr Ngwenya added, “COMESA believes that Egypt has once again led by example on the continent this time by conducting successful and peaceful elections which are vital for the deepening of regional integration.”

He also commended Egypt for having hosted the EAC-COMESA-SADC Summit in June 2015 during which the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) was launched. Egypt was the first country to ratify the TFTA Agreement.

Meanwhile, COMESA and the Community of Sahel Saharan States (CENSAD) have described the just ended Presidential elections in Egypt as having been conducted peacefully, transparent and in accordance with the provisions of the Egyptian Electoral code. The two Regional Economic Communities (RECs) who had jointly deployed 33 observers to six governorates of Egypt noted that the elections were conducted under conditions of transparency, inclusiveness, credibility and regularity.

The joint preliminary statement issued by COMESA and CENSAD in Cairo on 29th March 2018, a day after voting was closed, urged both candidates to respect the outcome of the elections and use legal means to settle any possible electoral disputes.

The election observer teams were led by Ms Hope Kivengere, a member of the COMESA Committee of Elders and Ambassador Amadou Tourre, head of the CENSAD team.

“The environment outside polling centers visited was orderly and peaceful. Voting was efficient and we commend the people of Egypt for exercising their civic duty,” the preliminary statement read in part.

The RECs also commended the National Elections Authority for having organized the elections despite been constituted less than 12 months ago.

Presidential elections were held from 26 – 28 March in Egypt in which incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was being challenged by Moussa Mustapha Moussa of the Elgad party.