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

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    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.

    1158: 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).

    1211: 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."

    1223: 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

    Serge in Egypt emails: Rarely through the course of history has been a nation so polarised by a single event, without reaching the fevered pitch of a civil war

    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."

    1245: Lyse Doucet BBC chief international correspondent

    says banks and schools are closed, so are many shops. Government employees were sent home at 13:00 local time, two hours before the presidential election commission starts to read its verdict. Security has been stepped up on this momentous day.


    Samir Radwan, Egypt's finance minister just after the revolution, tells the BBC that the new president will have to deal with his country's significant financial problems: "When I started my work just five days after the revolution, we had $36bn in reserves, international reserves - that's 18 months of imports. Now it's less than $15bn; it's rock bottom, really. Tourism, by any standard, has gone down tremendously, exports have gone down, unemployment is as high as 12% - that's the official figure which is understated; 42% of the population is below the poverty line."


    This is a picture of Egyptian military police, standing guard in front of the presidential election commission headquarters in Cairo.

    Egyptian military police

    Ahmed in Alexandria emails: It's really a critical moment awaiting the results that can decide the future of Egypt and the ideology of the president who will rule - but at the same time a bigger problem which is the division of Egyptians into two groups

    Gigi Ibrahim

    tweets: "There is a count down on TV for the announcement of the next president."

    Egyptian TV

    Dr Omar Ashour, an Egypt expert from the Brookings Institution, tells the BBC from Cairo that revolutionaries around the region are "looking at Egypt for this revolution to succeed." He adds: "The best gift Egypt can give the Arab Spring is for this revolution to succeed."

    Dina Demrdash BBC Arabic journalist

    says the news conference of the Supreme Presidential Election Commission is only minutes away, as speculations about both Ahmed Shafiq and Mohammed Morsi wins reaches fever pitch ahead of the results. Tahrir square is seeing tens of thousands of pro- Mursi protesters praying for his win. In Nasr City neighborhood, hundereds of Shafiq supporters are awaiting the results. There is a heavy security presence around the homes of both candidates.

    Cara Swift BBC News producer

    says crowds have been growing in Tahrir Square all day. Despite the sweltering heat, thousands are dancing and singing, waving Egyptian flags. Posters of the Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi are everywhere, as people chant slogans through loud speakers. Music is playing "to the square, to the square" as people chant "Mursi, Mursi, Allahu Akbar" and "Revolution, revolution until victory. Revolution, revolution, in all the streets of Egypt."

    Rawya Rageh, Cairo-based Al Jazeera English Reporter

    tweets: I bet the world can hear the heatbeats of 80 million Egyptians #Egypt


    Live pictures show a full house at the electoral commission news conference in Nasser City - a northern suburb of Cairo. It was expected to begin twenty minutes ago. Four chairs stand empty behind the desk from which the announcement will be made. The backdrop shows an Egyptian flag with a voting icon - a hand depositing a ballot slip over the top of a pyramid.

    Magdi Abdelhardi

    tweets: "Punctuality is a not an Egyptian virtue."

    Lyse Doucet BBC chief international correspondent

    tweets: "As crowds wait, Tahrir in scorching heat, using whatever at hand for shade"

    Tahrir Square

    Action at the election commission news conference as the officials arrive in front of the microphones.


    Journalists and officials stand for the Egyptian national anthem, played loudly ahead of the start of the election commission's announcement.


    The anthem ends, and Farouq Sultan, head of the election commission and chairman of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt, says he is speaking to the Egyptian people "at the end of an era".


    "I was hoping to announce the results in a more celebratory environment," Farouq Sultan says. "But not everyone can get what everyone wishes."


    Farouq Sultan is going through the outcomes of some of the legal challenges made during the electoral process, while around the country, millions wait for an answer to the key question: Who is Egypt's next president?

    Cara Swift BBC News producer

    tweets: "Anxious men in ‪#Tahrir‬ waiting for the result."

    Tahrir Square
    Marwa Elnaggar tweets:

    Farouq Sultan hopes we die of boredom before he actually has to say a name.

    1400: Cara Swift BBC News producer

    says crowds are listening to the election result announcement silently and patiently in Tahrir Square. Loudspeakers are playing a live feed of the election commission announcement, currently under way. Some are gathered round TV sets under tents. Some are praying.


    Farouq Sultan is taking his time. Earlier estimates suggested there would be a 90-minute pre-amble to the announcement of the result. Just over an hour to go, then.

    Farouq Sultan
    1407: Jon Leyne BBC Middle East correspondent

    says that on past form, he [Sultan] is likely to give a long speech before he gets to the nub of the matter.


    The commission faced "media lies", its chairman says, but members rose above it. "The commission applied the law when it looked into the ballots. There is nothing above the law."

    Lyse Doucet BBC chief international correspondent

    tweets: "Cheers went up in ‪Tahrir‬ even when PEC‬ mentioned how ‪Mursi‬ got thru first round."


    Dina Demrdash, reporting for BBC Arabic, reports some figures from the commission's announcement: There were 50.3 million eligible voters. Some 37,000 votes were cancelled and the commission received a total of 452 appeals from the candidates - Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood and former PM Ahmed Shafiq.

    1429: Breaking News

    The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Mursi has won Egypt's presidential election with 51.73% of the vote. Ahmed Shafiq got 48.27%, the election commission says.


    Huge cheers ring out from a jubilant Tahrir Square as news of the election result comes through.

    Nadia El-Awady in Cairo

    tweets: Big day in Egypt's history. A historic day. Today I celebrate. Tomorrow I go back to worrying about what the Muslim Brothers will do

    Jon Williams BBC foreign editor

    tweets: "Tahrir Sq going crazy: immediate crisis in Egypt averted as MB win presidential vote. Morsi promised unity government. Now has to deliver."

    1443: Cara Swift BBC News producer in Tahrir Square

    Some men are crying in Tahrir. "Now we have true freedom one man said". Another said: "This is 100% our victory. This is 100% our revolution." Firecrackers are going off as thousands cheer, sing, and dance.


    Reaction is beginning to come in from outside Egypt. News agency AFP reports celebratory gunfire in Gaza. Hamas is calling this "an historic moment", the agency says.


    Middle East analyst Magdi Abdelhardi tells the BBC: "I really doubt the Shafiq camp will rally behind the Muslim Brotherhood. The people behind him are still largely the people who are controlling Egypt today. They will not hand over the levers of power without a fight - not necessarily a violent fight, but they will resist." Read more of Magdi's thoughts about the "deep state" within Egypt.


    Supporters of Mohammed Mursi in Tahrir Square express their jubilation as the election result comes through, in this picture from Egyptian state television.

    Tahrir Square

    Marwa Elnaggar in Cairo

    tweets: It's mind-boggling that the people of #Egypt have for the first time in history elected a president.

    1520: Dina Demrdash

    reporting for BBC Arabic, says there has already been reaction from Mohammed Mursi on Twitter (in Arabic). He says: "A salute and appreciation for the fair and honest judiciary of Egypt, and to the brave police and army men who protected the democratic process with honour." As the BBC's profile of Mr Mursi outlines, he has promised to bring "stability security, justice and prosperity" after a year of political upheaval.

    Tamer El-Ghobashy, Wall Street Journal reporter

    tweets: Some hotheads are getting hostile with press gathered here at Shafiq HQ. Clearly ppl here think the decision was coming down from the SCAF not from the ballot box.


    A supporter of Egypt's new president celebrates at Mohammed Mursi's campaign HQ in Cairo

    A supporter of Egypt's new president celebrates at Mohammed Mursi's campaign HQ in Cairo

    The head of Egypt's ruling military council (Scaf), Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, has congratulated Mohammed Mursi on winning the presidency, Egyptian Nile News TV reports. The generals have vowed to hand power to the new president by 30 June, but their earlier decision to dissolve parliament means he could take office without the oversight of a sitting legislature and without a permanent constitution to define his powers or duties.


    Our live coverage of this historic day for Egypt is now ending, but the latest updates in text and video, along with insight from BBC correspondents and other experts, will still be available on the BBC News homepage.


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