After days of growing tensions, the official results of the Egyptian presidential election were announced Sunday afternoon. The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohamed Morsi is Egypt’s first democratically elected president. The Islamist candidate has collected 13,230,000 votes (51.73%) against 12,340,000 (48/27%) for his opponent, former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq.
The results, announced live on television, has led to an explosion of joy at Tahrir Square in central Cairo, where several thousands of people gathered since early Sunday morning.
For several days, the situation in Egypt has been tense. The official announcement of the results was originally scheduled for June 21 Its postponement by the authorities has led to accusations of fraud and manipulation, especially since it came after the dissolution of Parliament which had a majority of Islamists.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), in power since the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, last week reaffirmed its commitment to complete the transfer of powers to the new president by the end of this month.