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Last Updated: June 25, 2012
Ahram Online's Blow-By-Blow Coverage of Announcement of Result of Egypt’s Post-Revolution First President



Farouq Sultan, head of Egyptian electoral commission, announcing the result on June 24

15:01 Members of the Egypt's presidential electoral commission arrive at the committee's headquarters in Nasr City. The announcement is to be made in a hall already crowded with Egyptian and international media. The result is expected in a few minutes.

15:08 One protester in Tahrir Square tells an Ahram Online reporter of his fears that Shafiq will win. "If the votes are fair, why are they afraid to announce them?", asks Hanan Mahrous, a 23-year old graduate student. Mahrous voted for Hamdeen Sabbahi in the initial vote, then Mursi in the second round. “How could anybody vote for someone whose role model is Mubarak?" she asks. "The Egyptian law copies French law in everything. Why did it not copy the presidential elections system there and have early results?"

15:12 Egyptian state TV says announcement of results will be delayed 30 minutes.

15:14 Cairo's eastern district of Nasr City, a frequent rallying point for Shafiq supporters, is playing host to a crowd of just a few dozen. Thousands gathered there on Saturday, chanting slogans against the Brotherhood and in favour of Ahmed Shafiq, bringing traffic to a halt.

15:28 Tense expectation reigns at the central Cairo headquarters of Mohamed Mursi's campaign, according to Ahram Online's Yasmine Fathi at the scene. A press conference there is packed with reporters awaiting the result. A screen in the centre of the room shows live footage from Tahrir Square and other parts of Egypt. Members of the Freedom and Justice Party's High Committee are expected to arrive shortly.

15:35 Dozens of Mursi supporters are marching in the coastal city of Alexandria, political analyst and columnist Amro Ali tells Ahram Online. Ali says the crowd is marching to SCAF's headquarters in the northern part of the city from the Qiad Ibrahim mosque. They are calling for a second Egyptian revolution even before the results are announced.

15:40 The national anthem is played as the results will be announced immediately.

15:45 SPEC head Farouq Sultan embarks upon a longwinded prologue, reminiscent of Judge Ahmed Rifaat's speech before the announcement of Mubarak's verdict.

16:08 The head of the electoral commission says that of 456 appeals, two in particular caught their attention. The first related to a claim that upwards of one million voting ballots were found marked in favour of one candidate before they reached the polling station. The other claims Christians were stopped from casting their votes at one polling station in a village in the Upper Egypt governorate of Minya. But he says both alleged incidents could not be verified; in the first instance, SPEC could only identify close to 2,400 pre-marked ballots, in the second the turnout at the polling station in question was comparable in the runoffs to the first round. We're still awaiting the announcement of who's won...

16:18 Head of the electoral commission, Farouq Sultan, is still reading out his exhaustive list of electoral violations, adding to the suspense as people wait for the results. The speech is so long that Twitter users have created hashtags such as #Sultanboringustodeath and #thingstodowhilesultanspeaks.

16:25 All is calm inside Shafiq campaign headquarters, according to Ahram Online's Sarah El-Rashidi at the scene. "Everyone looks very relaxed and confident, with smiles on their faces," she tells us by phone. "Every time a violation is reported against Mursi, everyone claps."

16:31 It’s Mohamed Mursi

16:34 Here's a breakdown of the numbers as stated by SPEC head Farouq Sultan.

The total number of registered voters in Egypt is 50,958,794
Runoff turnout: 26,420,763 (51 per cent)
Total number of valid ballots: 25,575,511
Total number of voided ballots: 843,252

Ahmed Shafiq won 12,347,380 (48 per cent)
Mohamed Mursi won 13,230,131 (52 per cent)

16:35 The electoral commission has ended its press conference without taking any questions from journalists.

16:47 Tahir Square has exploded with wild celebrations following the announcement of Mursi as Egypt's new president. The Brotherhood's candidate received 52 per cent of the vote, making him the country's first post-Mubarak president.

16:52 There are ecstatic scenes at Mursi's campaign headquarters in downtown Cairo, says Ahram Online's reporter on the scene, Yasmine Fathi. Among the chants: "Revolutianaries, free - we will continue the road"; "Long live the Egyptian people, the martyrs' blood has not gone in vain"; "Freedom, justice, Mursi's men are behind him"

16:58 There's shock at Shafiq campaign headquarters with supporters in tears and screaming their disbelief, according to Ahram Online's Sarah El-Rashidi.

17:02 The tweets are coming in thick and fast after the announcement of Mursi's victory. Medhat El-Adl, screenwriter and former member of Hamdeen Sabahy's campaign, says: "Remember our martyrs -- without them today wouldn't have existed," stressing that "Now it's time to stand united. If we really care for this nation we must stand united behind the man for whom the people voted." Filmmaker Mohamed Diab tweets: "Reassure those in fear, reassure the Copts. I voted against Shafiq and I know that many voted for him out of fear for the Muslim Brotherhood. We need to reassure the people."

From IkhwanWeb, the Muslim Brotherhood's official account, comes the following: "As Egyptians celebrate their freedom, we pay special tribute to the martyrs of the great Egyptian revolution, their blood did not go in vain"

Actor Khaled Abou El-Naga is also celebrating: "Our revolution continues against the ruling military and the Brotherhood's supreme guide. Congrats Egypt!", adding that "My differences with the Ikhwan aside & my deep opposition to their politics, I am very happy Shafiq lost! And we must give Mursi a chance."

17:10 There's been a moment of respectful silence to mark the revolution's 'martyrs' at Mursi's campaign HQ, says Ahram Online's Yasmine Fathi. Attendees are now singing the national anthem, she says.

17:13 Ikhwanweb, the Muslim Brotherhood's official Twitter account, announce the start of talks by President-elect Mursi to form a new government: "President Mohamed Morsi begins talks to form his presidential team and a new cabinet that will truly represent Egypt after revolution".

17:23 Red flags in hand, Egypt's Revolutionary Socialists are urging the new President not to take his oath before the country's High Constitutional Court. The movement also said people should not leave Tahrir and instead continue their protest against the recent constitutional declaration and a new decree that lets military police arrest civilians. It also called for a referendum on last week's dissolution of Parliament.

17:35 The head of the moderately Islamist Wasat Party has said it will "stand with our elected President". But party head Abul-Ela Madi said it would also "correct [Mursi] if he is wrong", adding that the revolution will prevail.

17:40 Head of the ruling military, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi has congratulated Mohamed Mursi on becoming Egypt's new president, according to reports. A fond farewell from Ahram Online's live update team to all our readers. We started the day president-less, but after a week of tension and widespread speculation over the outcome, Egypt, finally, has a civilian head of state, the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi. (Courtesy: Ahram Online, June 24, 2012)


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