CAIRO -- The Muslim Brotherhood claimed a victory in Egypt's presidential
The returns show Mohammed Morsi with 52 percent of the vote and former Prime
Minister Ahmed Shafiq with 48 percent. A million votes separated the two.
A brotherhood spokesman said the remaining votes could not make up the
difference. The official results are expected by Thursday.
Meanwhile Egypt's ruling military council pledged Monday to honor its
promise to hand over power to the newly elected president by the end of this
Maj-Gen. Mohammed al-Assar, a senior member of the ruling council, said the
generals would transfer power in a 'grand ceremony.' He did not give an
exact date or mention Morsi by name.
Muslim Brotherhood Declares Victory, Military Asserts Power
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says its candidate has won a presidential runoff
vote, while the ruling military has issued an interim constitution handing
itself sweeping powers after a court dissolved the Islamist-led parliament.
The Brotherhood announced Monday Mohammed Morsi defeated Ahmed Shafiq, a
Mubarak-era representative whose aides also claimed their candidate was in
the lead after polls closed Sunday night.
The Brotherhood has warned it would launch protests if Mr. Shafiq is
declared the winner.
Turnout appeared low compared with the 46 percent reported in last month's
first round - a sign of dampening morale as the military tightened its grip
According to military sources, the interim constitution would grant the
Supreme Council of the Armed Forces exclusive legislative powers in addition
to control of the nation's budget until a new parliament is elected. The
decree also gives the military the authority to compose its own 100-member
panel that would draft Egypt's new constitution.
Egyptian state television reported late Sunday that the military council
would explain the widely anticipated declaration at a news conference
The lack of turnout for the presidential vote likely also reflects
dissatisfaction with the choice of candidates. Mr. Shafiq is a former air
force general and confidant of former president Hosni Mubarak, who was
ousted in an uprising last year. Mr. Shafiq promised to restore order and
push back against the rise of Islamism. Mr. Morsi represents the
once-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, a religious party committed to reversing
liberal social traditions.
Many of Egypt's 50 million eligible voters saw neither man as an acceptable
choice. Some cast ballots against both candidates in a sign of protest.
Voters shared with VOA Sunday their disillusionment about the stark
differences between the two contenders, as the first round eliminated
The announcement of the winner as Egypt's first freely elected president is
set for Thursday, but unofficial results are expected sooner.