Egypt: Mursi named president

Muslim Brotherhood candidate wins with 51.73% of the vote.

Cairo, Egypt (Picture: Simona Scolari)

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi has won Egypt’s presidential election run-off, beating Hosni Mubarak’s former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq. Mursi was declared the victor after winning 51.73% of the vote.

Earlier, Egyptians had been voting in the second round run-off – a two-way fight between two polarising candidates: the PM of deposed president Hosni Mubarak’s and the Muslim Brotherhood’s chosen candidate.

In his inaugural speech, Mr Mursi said:

“Egypt is for all Egyptians; all of us are equals in terms of rights. All of us also have duties towards this homeland. As for myself, I don’t have rights. I only have duties. We Egyptians, Muslims and Christians, are advocates of civilisation and construction.

I invite you, the great Egyptian people… to cement bonds amongst us, to strengthen our comprehensive national unity. We will also work to make the Egyptian system of ethics… in addition to human values particularly in freedoms, respect for human rights, maintaining rights of women and children.”

Since Mubarak left office, Egypt has been governed by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf), a council of military generals. The military council has pledged to return power to the Egyptian people once the elections have finished. However, in a move that has been interpreted as a consolidation of its authority, Scaf dissolved the Egyptian parliament earlier this month. The BBC has reported that some Eqyptians see the move as a “naked power grab.”

The Egyptian election commission had postponed announcing the results of the election after both candidates claimed victory in what was a closely fought fight.

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