Egypt election: Muslim Brotherhood claims early lead

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Egypt election: Muslim Brotherhood claims early lead

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The Muslim Brotherhood is claiming an early lead for its candidate Mohamed Mursi in round one of Egypt’s first,free presidential election.

The Islamist group’s own figures suggest that Mursi is ahead of the other 12 candidates.

Several independent monitors have described the election as mostly fair.

“As one observer of other elections too – like Tunisia – I must say that this process, for the last five days that I have been in Egypt, was enormously impressive and a tribute to the people of Egypt,” said former US Congresswoman Jane Harman.

Exit polls also suggest Ahmed Shafiq, a veteran of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s rule, is in second place.

The official result may not be known until Saturday at the earliest.

Despite the Muslim Brotherhood’s claim, none of the five most prominent candidates is expected to win more than 50 percent of the vote. That means there’ll be a run-off election in mid June.

Officials say there was a 50 percent turnout for round one on Wednesday and Thursday.