At the age of 77, Hosni Mubarak looks set to win another term in office as Egyptian president.
However, his widely predicted victory after the country’s first ever multi-candidate, multi party elections is likely to be overshadowed by accusations of vote-rigging. The liberal leader of the opposition Ghad party is claiming the ruling party paid some voters up to eight euros each. He also repeated accusations that the ink used to mark their fingers could be washed off. Monitoring groups have also reported ballot stuffing, intimidation, misuse of government vehicles and discrimination in favour of Mubarak. The president had been elected four times since 1981 through referendums in which his was the only name on the ballot sheet. Election results should be available in around two days’ time. The Egyptian government says there were few problems with the election and contradicted monitoring groups by insisting turnout was high.