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Egypt's presidential election results due tomorrow

Tensions are high as the country awaits confirmation of its first new president in three decades.

An Egyptian street vendor awaits customers in Cairo by campaign posters for Morsi.
An Egyptian street vendor awaits customers in Cairo by campaign posters for Morsi.
Image: Bernat Armangue/AP/Press Association Images

THE RESULTS of Egypt’s presidential election are expected to be made known tomorrow.

The head of the country’s presidential election commission, Farouk Sultan, said today that the official results of the runoff vote between the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohammed Morsi and Hosni Mubarak’s former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq will be released on Sunday.

The results were due out during the week but were delayed as the election commission investigated allegations of voting fraud, adding to the political tensions. Each campaign has accused the other of election fraud while claiming victory for themselves.

It is the first presidential election since Mubarak was forced from the presidency in February 2011 following the popular Arab Spring uprising, and the runoff vote has been seen as a landmark moment in the handover of power from the military rulers who stepped in last year.

The military recently issued a controversial constitutional declaration dissolving the Islamist-led parliament, stripping back political gains made by the previously-banned Muslim Brotherhood since Mubarak’s resignation. The army was also recently granted powers of arrest.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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