Muslim Brotherhood Candidate Wins Egypt Elections
History in Egypt: nearly a year and a half after the fall of the Mubarak regime, Muhammad Morsi has been announced the winner of Egypt’s presidential elections. The chairman of the Egyptian election committee, Farouk Sultan, announced that the Islamic candidate Morsi won with 52% (13,230,131) of the votes, defeating secular candidate Ahmad Shafiq, who took 48% (12,347,380 ), with the overall electoral turnout estimated at 51%.
Thousands of Morsi supporters gathered throughout the day at Cairo’s Tahrir Square ahead of the announcement by the Egyptian election committee, celebrating the candidate’s victory upon the announcement. A candidate running on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Morsi’s presidential victory marks a comprehensive triumph for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Once outlawed under ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the organization has risen in power since the popular uprising ended his rule, and previously won the majority of seats in Egypt’s February parliamentary elections..
Can’t say this is really surprising, though the results were closer than I would have expected. Any other secular candidate probably would have beat the Islamist Morsi by a wide difference, but Shafiq’s association with Mubarak (was his prime minister in the last days of the old regime) cost him too many votes.