Muslim Brotherhood Claims Egyptian Presidency

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  • published June 18, 2012 @ 1:23 am EST

The Muslim Brotherhood has declared their candidate, Mohammed Morsi, the winner of Egypt’s presidential runoff, and unofficial vote tallies show him leading the race by more than one million votes.

The group held a press conference early on Monday morning to announce Morsi’s victory. With 12,793 of the country’s roughly 13,000 polling stations reporting, Morsi had 12.7 million votes, while his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, had 11.84 million, the group said.

His staff and supporters broke into chants of “down with military rule” after the results were announced.

Morsi himself also spoke. He addressed the families of the martyrs killed during the revolution, and promised to restore their rights in a “state of laws”.

He also reached out to Egypt’s Coptic Christians, promising that everyone would be part of “his family”. He also said he was not looking for “revenge”, and promised to work for all Egyptians.

“Thank God, who guided the people of Egypt to this right path, the path of freedom and democracy,” he said, vowing to work for a “civil, democratic, constitutional and modern state”.

The Brotherhood’s numbers matched with other unofficial tallies from local and international media. Shortly after 3am local time [00:00 GMT], Al Jazeera’s tally had Morsi leading with 7,896,440 votes (52 per cent), and Shafiq trailing with 7,152,894.

El-Shorouk, an independent Egyptian daily, had Morsi with 6,820,944 votes, and Shafiq with 5,490,158, a margin of 55 per cent for Morsi.

Read the rest at Al Jazeera