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Tense wait in Egypt ahead of presidential result

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Tense wait in Egypt ahead of presidential result


Egypt remains gripped by political tension with the rival candidates in its presidential election both claiming victory.

After a run-off vote at the weekend, the Muslim Brotherhood said its candidate, Mohamed Morsy, had won. Ahmed Shafik, President Mubarak’s last prime minister, has challenged that claim.

A spokesman for a body of independent judges scrutinising the count said: “The numbers we will present to you will be the result of the counting of 100 percent of the ballot boxes in all districts across the Republic and will include the votes of Egyptians abroad. Dr Mohammad Morsy has received 13,238,335 votes (so far). Ahmed Shafik received 12,351,310 votes. These results include the votes of Egyptians abroad, which were adopted by the higher election committee.”

Thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets ahead of the expected final announcement on Thursday.

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