Egyptian Presidential Elections
Out of the 13 candidates (another 10 possible candidates were disqualified before the election), none received more than 50% of the total vote which would have secured a victory. To decide a President, a run-off election was scheduled between the top two vote getters - the Muslim Brotherhood's "Freedom & Justice Party" candidate Mohamed Morsi (24.8%) and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq (23.7%).
This run-off election took place in late June and about one week later, on June 24, Egypt's military rulers announced Mohamed Morsi as the official winner and new Egyptian President. Morsi won 51.7% of the votes and his ascension to the position marks the first time in Egyptian history that the president comes from outside the military. His election also marks the first time in history than an Islamist candidate will become the head-of-state for an Arab country.
Though it remains unclear how much de facto power Morsi
will hold after the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and the Parliament
has yet to draft a new constitution, the fact that the Egyptian
public turned out in force to vote is a promising sign for a democratic future.
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