Egypt: Election result delayed until the weekend

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In Egypt
Jun 21st, 2012
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A woman casts her vote at a polling station in Cairo June 16, 2012. Egyptians queued to choose a new leader on Saturday in the first free presidential election in their history, facing a stark choice between a conservative Islamist and a former military officer who served ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT – Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

The results of Egypt’s presidential election have been delayed adding to the tension in Tahrir Square.
The people had been expecting to discover the winner today. Now they will have to wait until the weekend.

The problem is said to be due to the number of voting appeals but some like the Speaker of Egypt’s dissolved parliament, Saad al-Katatni smell a political rat:

“The military council, in an indirect manner, is not going to hand over power on June 30. And after the drawing up of the constitution, they will keep hold of legislative powers until the election of a new parliament. This could take months, it could take years.”

Last weekend’s presidential run-off pitted Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsy against former Hosni Mubarak ally Ahmed Shafiq. Both claim to have won.

Many of the thousands filling Tahrir Square are unconvinced there is any need to delay declaring the official winner.

“There’s nothing wrong with the number of votes counted,” said one protester. “The number of votes which was announced by Mohamed Morsy’s campaign is the same as those announced by the Judges.”

“Delaying the results of the election means there is an intention to rig it. They mean to betray the elected president,” added another.

Those who are already critical of the military’s decision to dissolve parliament and to decree the army sweeping new powers have become even more angry.

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