Egypt’s election commission has delayed the announcement of presidential results scheduled for Thursday,The Telegraph said
“Egypt’s election commission, headed by Judge Faruq Sultan… has decided to delay the announcement of the presidential election run-off,” the official MENA news agency said late on Wednesday, without giving a new date.
The run-off election, which took place on June 16 and 17, pitted Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi against Mubarak’s last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, with both candidates claiming victory.
The Muslim Brotherhood and most newspapers and independent panels claim that Mohammed Morsi, the leader of the Brotherhood’s political front the Freedom and Justice Party, won the count by a slim margin of just short of 52 per cent to 48 per cent.
The election commission said it was looking into appeals from lawyers of both candidates into alleged campaign violations and disputed vote counting.
The commission said it would “continue examining the appeals… which will require more time before the final results are announced.”
In Washington, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisted that the Egyptian military authorities must cede power to the winner of the country’s presidential election.
“We think that it is imperative that the military fulfill its promise to the Egyptian people to turn power over to the legitimate winner,” Clinton said in a discussion hosted at the State Department.