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Muslim Brotherhood claims victory in Egypt presidential poll

  • The Muslim Brotherhood has claimed victory in Egypt’s presidential election, as the country’s military issued a declaration granting itself sweeping powers.

    The official results are due to be announced on Thursday.

    The Islamist movement says its candidate, Mohamed Morsi, has won at least 52 percent of the vote.

    His opponent, ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, has so far refused to concede defeat.

    The election is Egypt's first democratic presidential vote.

    The planned transition now appears to be in chaos after the Supreme Court ordered the Muslim Brotherhood-led parliament to be dissolved.

    If the ruling is carried out, the new president could take office without a sitting parliament or constitution to define his powers or duties.