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Shafiq's campaign claims candidate is winning Egypt president runoff with 52%

Members of Ahmed Shafiq's campaign rejected Brotherhood Morsi claims of victory in the elections, alleging that the former Mubarak-era prime minister is actually leading the vote-counting process

Sarah El-Rashidi, Monday 18 Jun 2012
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Ahmed Shafiq's campaign accuses Morsi's of claiming fake results (Photo: Reuters)
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In an electric atmosphere, members of Ahmed Shafiq’s campaign have said that their candidate is leading the race, frustrated with what they referred to as “facade” results of Morsi’s winning.

“We’ve spotted massive violations from Morsi’s campaign, and according to our counting our candidate is leading with 51.5% to 52%,” said Ahmed Sarhan, spokesman of Ahmed Shafiq’s campaign.

Sarhan further said that Morsi’s campaign should drop all their allegations of vote-rigging against Shafiq accusing the Brotherhood candidate of "spreading lies about the results of the vote all along.”

Moreover, Sarhan added that final results are not to be announced before all the violations had been verified and all appeals examined by the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC).

Meanwhile, the media coordinator of Shafiq’s campaign told Ahram Online, "Morsi’s campaign are spreading fake news of victory in order to be able to claim vote-rigging when Shafiq wins,”

The presidential runoffs have witnessed a tight competition between Ahmed Shafiq and his rival, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, while indications so far put Morsi in the lead - 51.74% to 48.25% - with 99% of votes reported according to the campaign of the Brotherhood leading figure.

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