Egypt's Mursi Leads Vote Count Among Expats in Saudi

The Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate, Mohamed Mursi, won about 90 percent of ballots cast by Egyptian expatriates in the Saudi Arabian capital and the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, the state-run Ahram Gate website reported.

Mursi, who is facing off against ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s last premier, Ahmed Shafik, in a presidential runoff vote set to begin June 16, won 74,070 votes compared to Shafik’s 7,778 votes cast in Riyadh, the website said, citing Egyptian diplomats. Mursi also got 89 percent of the vote in Jeddah and the country’s western and southern regions.

The Brotherhood’s candidate also beat Shafik in voting recorded in embassies or consulates in Dubai, Bahrain, London, Algeria and Yemen, the state-run Al-Ahram reported. Shafik won in locations including Austria, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Houston, Paris and Marseille.

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