Posted: 1:10a.m. IST, June 25, 2012
Cairo, June 25 (IANS) Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood party won the presidential election here Sunday.
Head of Egypt's Higher Presidential Election Commission (HPEC) Farouq Sultan announced in the afternoon about Morsi winning the Egyptian presidency, Xinhua reported.
Morsi, chairman of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, received about 52 percent votes in the run-off round while his opponent Ahmed Shafiq got about 48 percent.
According to the Commission, Morsi won about 13 million votes, while Shafiq got about 12 million. The eligible voters were 51 million while the turnout was around 52 percent, or 26.3 million, said Sultan, adding that there were 834,252 invalid votes.
The results in 13 sub-committees were cancelled after the commission reviewed the results over the submitted appeals.
Just as the news of Morsi's victory became known, members of his campaign observed one-minute of silence to mourn the deaths during last year's turmoil.
Also, tens of thousands of Morsi's supporters celebrated and burst fireworks at the Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo after learning about Morsi's victory.
Egypt held its historical presidential election May 23-24. Morsi and Shafiq, who were the top two candidates in the first round, entered the run-off which kicked off June 1.
With Sunday's win, Morsi's membership in the Muslim Brotherhood movement also ended, affirming the pledge for the movement that Morsi will be the president for all Egyptians.