Muslim Brotherhood Wins Egyptian Presidential Vote

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's election commission has declared Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood the winner of Egypt's first free elections by a narrow margin over Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister under deposed leader Hosni Mubarak.

The commission said Morsi won with 51.7 percent of the vote versus 48.3 for Shafiq.

A huge crowd of Morsi supporters in Cairo's Tahrir Square erupted in cheers and dancing when the result was read out on live television. Some set off fireworks and others released doves with pictures of Morsi over the square where the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak last year was born. Morsi's spokesman calls it a "historic moment" made possible by the blood of "martyrs of the revolution."

Morsi will be modern Egypt's first Islamist and first freely elected civilian president. Since a military coup ended Egypt's monarchy in 1952, the country's four presidents have all come from the ranks of the military. Morsi is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and under Hosni Mubarak's rule, the group was banned from officially forming a party though members could run for parliament as independent candidates.

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