16 months after the revolution, Egypt heard the results of its first democratic presidential election. Muslim Brotherhood representative Mohammed Morsi won 51.7% of the vote against Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmed Shafiq. Overall turnout was 52%.
Delays in announcing the results after SCAF’s dissolution of parliament and then claims of rigging from both sides intensified the wait. At 3pm on Sunday June 24th the heat and emotion in Tahrir Square was almost unbearable as Morsi supporters gathered in their thousands to hear the results.
Although to many Egyptians the choice between a man closely associated with the former regime and an Islamist leader represents no real post-revolutionary progress, the atmosphere in central Cairo after Morsi’s victory was one of rapture and jubilation.