Official results in Egypt: Mubarak takes 88.5 percent of vote
President Hosni Mubarak on Friday was officially declared the winner of Egypt's first contested presidential elections. The vote, however, was marred by allegations of fraud and a lower than expected turnout of 23 percent. Mubarak won a new six-year term with 88.571 percent of the vote, the head of the elections commission, Mahmoud Marie, told reporters.
Mubarak's top opponent, Ayman Nour of the opposition Al-Ghad party, took 7.3 percent. Another main opposition candidate Noaman Gomaa of the Wafd Party won 2.8 percent.
On his part, Nour sent to the elections commission a list of alleged voting irregularities and demanded a repeat of the vote, citing the "grave violations that ... influenced the integrity of the election process," his deputy, Nagui el-Ghatrifi, told reporters.
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