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Egypt's presidential run-off update

06-19-2012 03:09 BJT

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is claiming that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, has won the country's first free presidential election. Initial results showed Morsi was ahead of former air force general Ahmed Shafiq. The campaign team of Ahmed Shafiq has dismissed claims of victory by his rival, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood candidate of using false figures. However, the count is yet to be officially finalised. Meanwhile, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has given itself control of the legislature and state budget and granted itself veto power on a new constitution to be written by a panel it will pick. Adel el Mahrouky reports.

Egypt's initial presidential elections results says Morsi won. Morsi earned 52% of the total votes according to the announced results by his campaign. They calculated the results from the official reports given to them from each ballot station alone. However the official results will be announced are yet to be announced.

Morsi Supporter : "This is a victory to all of us, this is a victory of Islam, that is why we chose Morsi."

Morsi supporter: "I am very happy that he won, congratulations to all Egypt, finally we have democracy"

But these close results leaves supporters of former prime minister, Ahmed Sahfik, disappointed for their candidates loss, with only fourpoints.

Shafiq Supporter: "I am greatly disappointed, we wanted shafik to win we wanted a civil country, I voted for the Muslim brotherhood in the parliament and they didn't provide us with any thing, how could this be different now?"

Shafiq Supporter: "I wish shafik would have won, but this is democracy and we have to respect the results even if weare against it. And for our country's sake we will help the coming country "

The victory strengthens the Islamic group's position in its political fight against the Military ruler. SCAF dissolved the parliament and constitutional declaration to limit the authority of the President.

Gen. Mamdouh Shahin SCAF: "Explaining the declaration points"

According to the declaration, the president must monitor the formation of the constitutional committee. He could declare war after the approval of the SCAF. Morsi will be inaugurated in front of the constitutional courtinstead of the parliament. As stated by the law. The President of the Freedom and Justice party, is becoming Egypt's first civilian President, after the military dominated power in Egypt for 60years since the 1952 revolution.

Adel EL Mahrouky Cairo: "Today was supposed tobe the last day in the Egyptian transitional period. But after the Army limitedthe powers of the president and dissolved the parliament the transition willdefinitely pass the SCAF's deadline to hand in power by june 30th.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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