Source Pravda.Ru

Egyptian newspapers report President Mubarak won elections

Pro-government newspapers in Egypt are reporting that President Hosni Mubarak has won a fifth six-year term in Egypt's first contested election.

The reports, which have not been confirmed by the electoral commission, say Mr Mubarak won 80% of the vote.

Vote counting continues, with the official result expected on Saturday.

The electoral commission on Thursday rejected a call from Ayman Nour of the Ghad (Tomorrow) Party for the election to be re-run, BBC reports.

The commission's decision is final.

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.

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

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

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

Detailed voting figures from 15 of Egypt's 26 provinces, released by the state-owned al-Ahram, say that Mr Mubarak won in all the provinces counted, with between 69% and 98% of the vote.

The newspapers suggest a poor turnout, as low as 19% in some places.

When Mr Mubarak won his fourth term by referendum in 1999, the government claimed a turnout of 79% - though this was widely discredited.

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