Muslim Brotherhood Claims Victory
With several million votes still to be counted, the state-run Al-Ahram news website around 4:15 a.m. Monday (10:15 p.m. Sunday ET ) showed the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi leading with about 5,648,000 votes compared with about 4,705,000 for opponent Ahmed Shafik, who served as Egypt’s last prime minister in the waning days of Hosni Mubarak’s regime.
Yet the Islamist group, citing what it said were all-but-complete official numbers released to its representatives at polling stations nationwide, asserted that Morsi had won by capturing 52.5% of the overall vote.
The official vote count was scheduled to be finished at some point Monday, with finals results to be announced Thursday.
This seems like a premature claim of victory (not to mention one that may prove, even if true, to be pyrrhic).