Islamist Morsi declared Egypt’s president

June 24, 2012 3:11 pm
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Muslim Brotherhood's presidential cadidate Mohammed Morsi waves to the crowd during a presidential campaign rally in May 2012. Morsi is declared the first president of Egypt since a popular uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak, the head of the electoral commission says. © AFP/File Gianluigi Guercia

, CAIRO, Egypt, Jun 24 – Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi was on Sunday declared the first president of Egypt since a popular uprising ousted Hosni Mubarak, the head of the electoral commission announced.

Morsi, who ran against ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, won 51.73 percent of the vote after a race that polarised the Arab world’s most populous nation.

“The winner of the election for Egyptian president on June 16-17 is Mohamed Morsi Eissa al-Ayat,” said Faruq Sultan.

Morsi won 13,230,131 votes against Shafiq who clinched 12,347,380.

The election, in which more than 50 million voters were eligible to cast their ballot, saw a 51.8 percent turnout.

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