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It’s official: Egypt set for Mursi-Shafiq run-off

(AFP) / 29 May 2012

Egypt’s landmark presidential election on Monday narrowed to a contest pitting a Muslim Brotherhood candidate against a Mubarak-era prime minister, the country’s electoral commission said.

Announcing the results, commission chief Faruq Sultan said: “No candidate won an outright majority, so according to Article 40 of the presidential election law, there will be a run-off between Mohammed Mursi and Ahmed Shafiq.”

The results confirmed preliminary figures announced by the Muslim Brotherhood, polarising a nation now forced to choose between a conservative Islamist and a symbol of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s regime.

Sultan said Mursi had won 5,764,952 votes, slightly ahead of Shafiq with 5,505,327. Nasserist candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi came third with more than 4.8 million votes, ahead of moderate Islamist Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh with 4.05 million. Former foreign minister Amr Moussa was fifth with 2.58 million votes, Sultan said.

The commission put the turnout in the vote — the first since the 2011 uprising that ousted Mubarak — at 46 per cent of the 50 million who were eligible to cast a ballot in the historic election.

Sultan said the commission had rejected seven appeals filed by candidates citing electoral irregularities that “did not affect the outcome of the vote”.

 

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