Det muslimske brorskapets kandidat Mohammed Mursi er utropt til vinner av presidentvalget i Egypt.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi has been declared the winner of Egypt’s presidential election run-off.
He won 51.73% of the vote, beating former PM Ahmed Shafiq, the Higher Presidential Election Commission said.
Speaking later in a TV address, Mr Mursi hailed a «historic day» for the nation, and said he would be a president for all Egyptians.
There have been scenes of jubilation in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where Mr Mursi’s supporters gathered.
The Islamists’ rise to power in Egypt will send shockwaves through the courts and palaces of conservative Arab kings and presidents who have tried for decades to put the lid on political Islam.
But foremost among Egypt’s neighbours who watched the brotherhood’s success with increasing alarm is Israel.
Cairo was the first Arab state to sign a peace treaty with Israel and the brotherhood has traditionally been vehemently opposed to that.
But its opposition has softened over the years – at least publicly.
It is widely believed that the Muslim Brotherhood have reassured Washington that an Islamist government in Egypt would respect the peace deal with Israel.
Given also that the ruling military council will continue to have the final say on matters of war and peace, it is unlikely that the brotherhood can put that peace at risk.
It is also more likely that Mr Mursi’s immediate priority will be to concentrate on Egypt’s many daunting domestic problems including rampant poverty and unemployment.
They have been holding a vigil there for days in protest at a series of decrees by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) which they say are designed to reduce or constrain the power of the president, and entrench the power of the military.