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Tahrir Square rejoices as both candidates claim victory in Egypt election

Tahrir Square rejoices as both candidates claim victory in Egypt election
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Despite both candidates claiming victory in Egypt’s presidential elections, supporters of Mohammed Morsi have been celebrating in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood Party have declared him the winner, claiming Morsi has polled at nearly 52 percent.

Rival candidate Ahmed Shafik’s camp are saying Shafik has around 52 percent.

Some of the people in Tahrir Square are rejoicing over a Shafik defeat, rather than a Morsi victory.

“Not all the people here are Muslim Brotherhood supporters, but we are happy because the revolution is starting to take it’s first steps, which are tied to Morsi,” explained man in the crowd.

A Morsi supporter rejoiced at the Muslim Brotherhood declaration: “Morsi is now the President of Egypt. He’s the leader of the revolution. This revolution now has a leader that we can follow.”

“I wanted Shafik because of his great culture and assets, but we have Morsi instead, so that’s that. What else can we do?” said one woman who believed Morsi had won, but was not happy with this outcome.

There are rumours of an official announcement being made on Monday, however, the electoral commission is expected to declare the winner on Thursday.

“Not all the people celebrating here are expressing their joy at a possible victory for Morsi. The majority are happy about a defeat for Shaffik, and a move away from the nightmare of a return of the old regime – even if the military council remains the real master of the country,” said euronews correspondent in Cairo Riad Muasses.

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