SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) — First results after polls closed at 9pm last night showed Mohammed Morsi, the leader of the Brotherhood's political front, the Freedom and Justice Party, taking an early lead, seemingly confirming the group's own earlier exit polls.
Analysts stressed that the count would be long and difficult, with a formal result only due on Tuesday. But other campaigns, including that of Amr Moussa, the former Arab League secretary-general long considered the front-runner, also said Mr Morsi was ahead and at least likely to gain one of the two spots in next month's run-off.
Whether he will go on to win that run-off, and cement the Brotherhood's control of Egypt's political institutions following the FJP's victory in parliamentary elections in January, will depend on who he faces. - www.shafaqna.com