Crowds Cheer Former Army Chief's Election Victory in Egypt

Egyptians wave national flags as they celebrate in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday after ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won 96.9 percent of votes in Egypt's presidential election. In a speech after he was declared winner of last week's election, Sisi urged his countrymen to work to restore stability and achieve "freedom" and "social justice."MOHAMED EL-SHAHED / AFP - Getty Images

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ABOVE: Egyptians wave national flags as they celebrate in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday after election results were officially announced.

Egypt's president-elect, the former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, told Egyptians it is now "time to work" to rebuild the country after he was officially declared the landslide winner of last week's election.

Thousands celebrated in public squares around the country with cheers, fireworks and pro-military songs after the Election Commission officially announced el-Sissi's victory with nearly 97 percent of the vote in an election that it said saw a turnout of 47.45 percent.

El-Sissi is to be sworn in Sunday to replace Egypt's first democratically elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, whom the then-army chief ousted last summer. Since then, el-Sissi has ridden to power on the support of Egyptians craving stability after three years of turmoil, bolstered by a nationalist mania stoked by pro-military TV and newspapers. His supporters and the media have cheered the fierce crackdown on Morsi's supporters that has killed hundreds and arrested thousands the past 11 months.

--The Associated Press

Egyptians celebrate in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on June 3 after election results were announced.MAHMOUD KHALED / AFP - Getty Images