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Mubarak wins with 88% of vote

Egypt's president, Hosni Mubarak, was officially pronounced the winner of the country's first contested presidential election last night, gaining a fifth six-year term.
Official results gave the incumbent 88.6% of the vote, and put the turnout at 23% of the 32 million registered voters.

Ayman Nour of the Ghad, or "Tomorrow", party, who faced regular harassment after declaring his candidacy, won 7.3% of the vote.

Before the result came in, the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, phoned Mr Mubarak to congratulate him.

The United States, which had been pressing for a free and fair contest in a country where referendums and parliamentary elections have usually been marred by fraud, has so far refrained from comment, saying it is waiting to see the final outcome.

by Fran on Sat Sep 10th, 2005 at 01:19:55 AM EST

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