Sixteen months after the uprising in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that ousted Hosni Mubarak, Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi is elected President of Egypt. He beat his rival former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq by almost a million votes.
The Higher Presidential Election Commission said Mursi had won 51.73% of the vote, to beat Shafiq, The head of the panel of judges, Farouq Sultan, said it had upheld some of the 466 complaints by the candidates, but that the election result still stood.
Mursi, an American educated University Professor, will be President for four years in the Arab World’s most populous Muslim country. His powers as President are restricted though, after the military supended parliament where elections had awarded the Muslim Brotherhood 47 percent of votes cast.