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Following delay, Egypt poll results to be out today

world Updated: Jun 24, 2012 01:23 IST

The result of Egypt’s presidential election will be announced on Sunday, a member of the committee overseeing the vote said on Saturday.

“The news conference to announce the presidential election result will be at 3pm on June 24,” committee secretary-general Hatem Bagato said.

Both Islamist Mohammed Morsi and former air force commander Ahmed Shafiq have claimed victory according to their unofficial tallies.

The results were supposed to be announced on Thursday but was delayed to examine appeals presented by both candidates. Brotherhood supporters have been out on Cairo’s Tahrir Square to protest the delay.

The delay has prompted Brotherhood concern that the military-led “deep state”, left over when Mubarak was toppled last year, was trying to steal their victory, just as it routinely rigged votes in the past.

Supporters of religious rule will be delighted by a Morsi win but others, including many who fought on Tahrir Square to end dictatorship, will be anxious at what it means for minorities, women and secular values.