Egyptian officials have confirmed that Mohammed Mursi and Ahmed Shafiq will advance to a second round presidential runoff in June. But several other prominent candidates dispute the results of the first round. Egypt’s electoral commission confirmed on Monday that the Muslim Brotherhood will face off against Hosni Mubarak’s final prime minister in the second round of the presidential election scheduled for June 16-17. Electoral commission chief Farouq Sultan told a televised news conference in Cairo that no candidate managed to receive a majority during the two days of voting on May 23-24.
As a consequence, the top polling Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi and former Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmed Shafiq will advance to a runoff vote. “No candidate won an outright majority, so according to Article 40 of the presidential election law, there will be a runoff between Mursi and Shafiq,” Sultan said. Mursi won 24.3 percent of the votes, slightly ahead of Shafiq’s 23.3 percent. Egypt’s first competitive presidential election drew a 46 percent turnout among the country’s 50 million eligible voters, according to the electoral commission.