June 21, 2012 in Nation/World

Egypt election results delayed by officials

Maggie Michael Associated Press
 
Both sides claim majority

 After two days of voting that ended Sunday, the Muslim Brotherhood declared that its candidate for president, Mohammed Morsi, won 52 percent of the vote.

 Backers of the other candidate, Hosni Mubarak’s former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, announced on Monday that he had won 51.5 percent of the vote.

 A group of independent jurists known as the Judges For Egypt said Morsi was the winner, with a similar proportion to the Brotherhood’s count.

 Foreign and local election monitors say the runoff was not marked by enough serious or large-scale irregularities to question its validity.

CAIRO – Officials postponed declaring a winner in Egypt’s disputed election on Wednesday, sending political tensions soaring as the country awaited its first new president in three decades.

Adding to the confusion and uncertainty were reports about the health of Hosni Mubarak, who is serving a life sentence for failing to stop the killing of protesters in the uprising that ousted him last year. At one point Tuesday, he was said to be near death, while some believed the report was a pretext by sympathetic allies of Mubarak to transfer him out of prison to a more comfortable facility.

Last weekend’s runoff election was long touted as a landmark moment – the choice of Egypt’s first civilian president to take over the generals who have ruled since Mubarak’s removal on Feb. 11, 2011. Instead, it has turned into a confrontation between the Islamists of the Muslim Brotherhood and the entrenched elements of Mubarak’s old regime, including the military.

The Election Commission did not say when it would announce the winner of the runoff between the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohammed Morsi, and Mubarak’s former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq. Both candidates claim they won, and the commission was supposed to declare the top vote-getter today.

But its secretary-general, Hatem Begato, told the state newspaper Al-Ahram that the winner would be announced Saturday or Sunday.

The commission said the announcement was postponed because a panel of judges must look into about 400 complaints of voting fraud submitted by both campaigns.

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