Mursi wins Egyptian presidential election

By Alex Veeneman on June 24, 2012

Women in Egypt stand outside a polling place in Alexandria, with posters of the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi. Election officials confirmed he won the country’s presidential election.
(Photo courtesy of Flickr user anwaribrahimdotcom13)

Election officials in Egypt have confirmed that the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi has won the country’s presidential election. Mursi won 51.73% of the vote, defeating the former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.

Thousands gathered in Tahrir Square in the country’s capital Cairo to celebrate the win, but also called for an end to rule imposed under the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, according to a report from the BBC.

Judge Farouq Sultan of the Higher Presidential Election Commission, the election authorities in Egypt, said according to the BBC that the law had been applied. “The commission applied the law when it looked into the ballots,” Sultan said. “There is nothing above the law.” Sultan added that the release of the result had been “marred by tension and a bad atmosphere”, according to the BBC.

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the military ruler, said according to state television remarks reported by the BBC that he congratulated Mursi on his victory. The turnout in the runoff voting held last weekend, Sultan added according to the BBC, was 51.58%.

Of the 466 complaints that had been filed by both candidates which prompted the delay in the release of the results, some had been upheld, Sultan said, but added that this election result had stood, according to the BBC.

These elections were the first in the country since Hosni Mubarak had been removed from power during the Arab Spring early last year. The military has said according to the BBC that they will hand power over to Mursi by June 30.

However, due to the decision to dissolve parliament conveyed earlier this month, there may be concerns as to how Mursi can govern considering a need for fresh elections, in addition to the absence of a new constitution for the country.

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