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Shafiq appeal against Egypt election result delayed

Ruling on Ahmed Shafiq's appeal against last year's presidential election result delayed until Thursday

Ahram Online, Wednesday 26 Jun 2013
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Egypt's Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC) has postponed its ruling on an appeal against last year's presidential election result.

The ruling, which was expected on Tuesday then delayed until Wednesday, is now scheduled for Thursday due to the death of SPEC head Maher El-Beheiry's brother.

On 27 May, election runner-up Ahmed Shafiq lodged an appeal with the SPEC claiming the results had been rigged.

Mohamed Morsi narrowly defeated Shafiq, who served as ousted president Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, garnering 51.7 percent of the votes in a hard-fought final runoff round in June 2012.

Shafiq's lawyer presented his case to the SPEC on Tuesday.

If the commission accepts Shafiq's appeal, the poll results – which were declared by the SPEC – will be thrown into question, along with Morsi's legitimacy.

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