Egypt: Islamist, Mubarak's Ex-Premier In Runoff

The runoff vote for Egypt's next president will pit the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate against the last prime minister to serve under Hosni Mubarak, according to full official results released Monday by the election commission.

An Egyptian woman wears a poster of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq on her shirt during a press conference at Shafiq's office in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, May 26, 2012. Egyptian presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq paid tribute Saturday to the "glorious revolution" that toppled Hosni Mubarak, a dramatic turn-around for the former regime official who fought his way into the runoff elections by appealing to public disenchantment with last year's uprising.

The runoff vote for Egypt's next president will pit the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate against the last prime minister to serve under Hosni Mubarak, according to full official results released Monday by the election commission.

Commission chief Farouq Sultan told a news conference that the Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force commander and a longtime friend of the ousted leader, were the top two finishers in the first round of voting held on May 23-24.

He said Morsi won 5.76 million votes, or 24.77 percent of the votes, while Shafiq garnered 5.5 million, 23.66 percent.

Finishing a close third was leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabahi with 4.82 million votes, or 20.7 percent.

Sultan said his commission received a total of seven appeals, and rejected all of them. Four of the appeals were dismissed because they had no legal basis, while the other three were not accepted because they were submitted after the deadline, he said.

Morsi and Shafiq have been the most polarizing of the 13 candidates who contested the first round, setting the stage for a fiercely contested runoff June 16-17. Already, both men have begun reaching out to a broad spectrum of political and demographic groups who didn't support them in the first round.

Sultan said that of the 50 million registered voters, 23.67 million cast their ballots, a turnout of 46.4 percent.