The campaign team of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party candidate Dr. Mohamed Morsi has announced his victory in the presidential election run-off. Morsi’s campaign told Quds Press that the Brotherhood candidate got 52 per cent of the vote, against 48 per cent for rival Ahmed Shafiq.
The Presidential Election Commission said that the results announced by Morsi’s team more or less match those recorded by the Commission. Nevertheless, a spokesman was quick to point out that the votes are still being counted.
Following the election news, hundreds of Egyptians have gone to Cairo’s Tahrir Square to celebrate Morsi’s victory. Chants of “Allahu Akbar and Praise be to Allah” have been heard alongside traditional folk music as the people celebrated. Fireworks have been set off and the Egyptian flag is flying prominently around the square.
The voting figures have been broken down as follows: Morsi received 13,237,000 votes and Shafiq got 12,338,973 votes out of a total of 25,575,973 votes cast.
A spokesman for Shafiq’s campaign, Mohamed Barak, said that he rejected the Brotherhood’s announcement that Morsi has won. “We are astonished at this weird claim,” he said. “This is a hijack of the election result, as all our records on the ground point to Marshal Shafiq’s win with 52-53% of the vote, but we cannot confirm this before the official announcement.”
The president-elect is expected to take office in early July, assuming that the pledge of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is fulfilled. SCAF has ruled the country since the regime of Hosni Mubarak was toppled. However, presidential powers have been curtailed by a constitutional declaration issued by SCAF, which removes all authority over the armed forces from the president. Morsi’s supporters have called for a “million-man” march in protest at the SCAF decree.