CAIRO - The Muslim Brotherhood declared Monday, July 18, that its candidate Mohamed Morsi defeated his rival former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in a runoff election to become Egypt's new president.
"Mohamed Morsi is the first popularly elected president of Egypt," the official website of Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party announced in a brief message cited by Reuters.
Morsi's campaign said that the Brotherhood's candidate won 52 percent of votes based on a count from 95 percent of polling stations.
Shafiq, the last premier of deposed president Hosni Mubarak, won 48 percent of votes.
There was no immediate comment from Shafiq's campaign on the Brotherhood's declaration.
Official results are not expected until June 21, but a final unofficial tally is expected within hours.
Electoral commission officials extended voting for two hours on Sunday in part to allow people to cast their ballots in the relative cool of the evening.
Turnout, only 46 percent in the first round, appeared to have been no higher for the run-off held over two days.The new president will inherit a struggling economy, deteriorating security and the challenge of uniting a nation divided by the 18-day uprising that toppled Mubarak in February 2011.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net