Egypt Delays Announcement of Presidential Results
Egypt's election commission has delayed the announcement of presidential results, originally scheduled for Thursday.
“Egypt’s election commission, headed by Judge Faruq Sultan... has decided to delay the announcement of the presidential election run-off,” AFP quoted the official MENA news agency as having said.
The run-off, which took place on June 16 and 17, pitted Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi against former President Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq.
The election commission said it was looking into appeals from lawyers of both candidates into alleged campaign violations and disputed vote counting.
The commission said, according to AFP, it would “continue examining the appeals... which will require more time before the final results are announced.”
The announcement came amid uncertainty over the health of Mubarak following a flurry of reports about his condition.
On Tuesday, state-run media reported that Mubarak was declared clinically dead following his transfer to the Maadi Military Hospital. However, a medical source told AFP on Wednesday that Mubarak “is not clinically dead. He is in a coma and the doctors are trying to revive him.”
“He has been placed on an artificial respirator,” the source added.
Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison on June 2 for failing to prevent the killings of protesters in the uprising that ousted him last year.
Since his arrival at the Tora prison, Mubarak’s condition deteriorated. He has been suffering from high blood pressure and breathing difficulties and is diagnosed with deep depression. Last week doctors used a defibrillator on him twice after they could not find a pulse.
Mubarak’s lawyer said last week that his client does not trust his doctors in the prison hospital and fears they are out to kill him.