Shafiq Reclaims Victory, Attacks Brotherhood (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 06/22/12)
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Ahmed Shafiq, one of the two candidates for president of Egypt,
repeated on Thursday his claim of victory in weekend runoff
elections, The Associated Press reported.
Shafiq, who was deposed President Hosni Mubarak´s last prime
minister, made the claim in a news conference, his first one since
AP reported that Shafiq accused the Muslim Brotherhood, whose
candidate is running against him, of “playing games” to put pressure
on election authorities before announcement of the official results.
He also accused the group of striking “backdoor deals” with outside
powers to sway the results and urged world capitals not to interfere.
Shafiq has claimed victory in the runoff and the Brotherhood also
declared soon after the election that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi,
Meanwhile on Thursday, the Brotherhood escalated its fight with the
military, calling for a mass protest Friday to denounce what it
called a power grab by the generals. AP reported that three major
Islamist groups said they would join the protest in Tahrir Square.
Thousands of protesters, mostly Islamists, gathered in Tahrir
Thursday for the third successive day, AP reported, demanding the
reinstatement of the Islamist-dominated parliament dissolved by a
court ruling last week. They also called on the military to rescind
a "constitutional declaration" granting the generals sweeping powers
and stripping the next president of much of his authority.
Shafiq denounced the Brotherhood´s public appeals, saying, “These
protests in the squares and fear-mongering campaigns in the media are
all aimed at putting pressure on the election commission.”
Egypt´s election commission had been scheduled to announce the
results of the runoff on Thursday, but delayed the announcement as it
was looking into appeals from lawyers of both candidates into alleged
campaign violations and disputed vote counting.
The commission said it won´t release the results till at least the
weekend, "Saturday or Sunday," and possibly even later.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/22/12)
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