As it happened: Egypt election result

Key points

  • Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood has won Egypt's presidential election
  • He took 51.73% of the votes cast, some 13.23 million votes in total
  • Former PM Ahmed Shafiq polled 12.35 million votes, the electoral commission announced
  • Huge cheers went up from thousands gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square after the result was known
  • Egypt's military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi has congratulated Mr Mursi on his victory
  • All times are GMT

Live text


  • Matthew Davis 

Last updated 24 June 2012


Hello and welcome to our live coverage of events in Egypt, where election officials are expected to announce the delayed results of the presidential run-off election held last weekend. Tension is running high, amid fears of more political violence sparked by the result. Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq have both claimed victory. We'll be bringing you updates as they happen, live video, insight from our correspondents in the field as well as a selection of tweets, emails, and pictures from key players, experts and members of the public.


Kevin Connolly, BBC Middle East correspondent

says it is fiercely hot in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Young men move through the growing crowd flicking water from bottles onto protestors or spraying it from backpacks. The cooling effect is welcome but brief.


Shops in Cairo have been closing early and people are hurrying to their homes to watch the decisive news conference from the election commission, which is expected to announce the result at 15:00 local time (13:00 GMT).


Lyse Doucet, BBC chief international correspondent

says the presidential announcement is unlikely to defuse tensions because there is an existing sit-in protest in Tahrir Square by people calling on Egypt's ruling generals to revoke the sweeping new powers they gave themselves last week after the Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that the Islamist-dominated parliament should be dissolved.


Evan Hill

tweets: "Less than an hour til results are due and everyone I'm talking to still has diverging theories on who will win."


Kevin Connolly, BBC Middle East correspondent

says Egyptian state TV is warning that the announcement of the name of the new president may be preceded by an hour and a half long adjudication of every complaint of irregularities in the voting. A long hot afternoon in the square just got a bit longer, he adds.


This picture from Cairo-based political analyst Elijah Zarwan apparently shows gridlock in Cairo as people head home to watch the election announcement.

Cairo traffic


Lyse Doucet, BBC chief international correspondent

tweets: ""Mursi! Mursi!" ‪#Tahrir‬ filling up. What happens if he doesn't win?" and she includes this picture of the crowds being whipped up.

Tahrir Square


Ashraf Khalil, Cairo-based independent journalist

tweets: "High security in ‪Tahrir‬. Had my ID checked twice while still INSIDE metro station. Obvious fear of infiltrators/provocateurs."