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Last Updated: Friday, 9 September 2005, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
Landslide win for Egyptian leader
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
A Hosni Mubarak win has been widely predicted all along
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has won a comprehensive victory in the country's first multi-candidate presidential election.

Mr Mubarak, who has held power for 24 years, won 88.6% of votes, Egyptian election officials confirmed.

The result seals a fifth consecutive six-year term as president for Mr Mubarak, who was challenged by nine other candidates.

Turnout was low, with just 23% of 32 million voters heading to the polls.

Previously Mr Mubarak had been elected only in single-candidate referendums.

Ayman Nour of the Ghad (Tomorrow) party came second with a reported 7.5% of the vote.

A spokesman for Mr Nour described the results as unacceptable, insisting Mr Nour had taken about 20% of the votes.

He said many of Mr Nour's supporters had been prevented from entering polling stations to vote.

'Widespread abuses'

According to monitors and opposition parties, the voting on Wednesday was marred by widespread abuses and irregularities, mainly by Mr Mubarak's National Democratic Party (NDP) and by the organisers.

Opposition candidate Ayman Nour
Ayman Nour's petition to re-run the election was rejected

However, groups monitoring the vote have said that the abuses would not have affected the overall result.

Earlier, pro-government newspapers had already proclaimed Mr Mubarak's win.

"Mubarak... is the elected president," one newspaper, al-Gomhuria, said in its headline on Friday.

"Mubarak obtains the trust and support of the people," another government newspaper, al-Akhbar, reported.

BBC Cairo correspondent Heba Saleh says it was always expected that Hosni Mubarak would win this election.

The only surprise, she says, seems to be that the government papers are acknowledging the low turnout.

In the past the headlines always blared that Egyptians had voted in huge numbers.




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