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Egyptians pack Cairo's Tahrir Square ahead of election result

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Supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, protest against Egypt's military rulers in Tahrir Square and celebrate a premature victory on June 23, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian election officials have postponed the announcement of a winner in last weekend's presidential run-off, stating they needed more time to evaluate charges of electoral abuse that could affect who becomes the country's next president. The official result is expected on June 24.

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Egyptians gather in Tahrir square.

Five hundred days after they overthrew Hosni Mubarak, Egyptians will finally have a new president on Sunday, the first they have chosen freely and who may well be from the Muslim Brotherhood, which Mubarak and fellow generals spent a lifetime fighting.

The result of last weekend's run-off, due in an election committee news conference at 3 p.m. (1300 GMT), will be historic for Egypt and the Middle East. Many think Islamist Mohamed Morsy will become head of state of the biggest Arab nation, reshaping the region after decades of Western-backed military rule, even if the armed forces are not giving up their control just yet.

The Brotherhood may react angrily if it is instead Ahmed Shafik, a former air force commander and Mubarak ally. His victory many Egyptians, and millions across the region, would fear as a mortal blow to last year's Arab Spring revolution, despite his assurances of also wanting an inclusive government.

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Supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, protest against Egypt's military rulers in Tahrir Square and celebrate a premature victory on June 23, in Cairo, Egypt.

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Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood wave flags during a sit-in protest against the military council at Tahrir Square in Cairo, June 23.

Egyptians fill Cairo's Tahrir Square in anticipation of a new government being announced. NBC's Richard Engel reports.

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