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Shafiq campaign challenges reports of Morsi presidency victory

Ahmed Shafiq campaign claims its candidate won 51 pct of Egypt's presidency runoff vote, accuses Muslim Brotherhood of circulating 'false results'

Ahram Online, Tuesday 19 Jun 2012
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Presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq (Photo: AP)
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The Ahmed Shafiq presidential campaign held a Thursday press conference at its headquarters in Cairo's Dokki district, where campaign officials challenged claims that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi had won Egypt's first post-Mubarak presidential election.

"Neither we, nor our rival's campaign, have the authority to announce final numbers, but our assumptions confirm that our candidate received 51 per cent of the votes," Shafiq campaign official Karim Salem said.

"Our candidate asks you all to celebrate, but to remain peaceful," Salem added.

Salem blamed widespread reports of Morsi's victory on "fake results" propagated in the media.

Shafiq spokesman Ahmed Sarhan, for his part, reiterated claims that his rival's campaign was circulating "false results." The Morsi campaign, added Sarhan, had "announced results before half of the vote-counting was even finished."

Shafiq campaign officials also threatened to take legal action to prove their candidate's electoral victory, saying that they "would have remained silent were it not for the Morsi campaign's premature declarations of victory."

According to an official timetable laid down by Egypt's Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC), final results of the presidential runoff will be announced Thursday.

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