Cairo – Egypt was on edge on Thursday after the Muslim Brotherhood declared an open-ended protest and warned of “confrontation” unless their candidate is named new president to succeed toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak. The delay in announcing the results, due on Thursday, of the 16 June and 17 June presidential vote heightened the Brotherhood’s fears of a “soft coup” by the military, which disbanded the Islamist-led parliament and gave itself sweeping powers.
A senior member of the Islamist movement, which says its candidate Mohammed Morsi won last weekend’s vote, warned the ruling generals of a “confrontation” with the people if rival candidate Ahmed Shafiq was announced the winner. The electoral commission late on Wednesday said it would delay announcing the result, which had been scheduled for Thursday, as it studied allegations of fraud from both candidates that might affect the final result.
Shafiq’s campaign, which insists their candidate, Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, won the run-off election, accuses Morsi’s camp of printing almost one million false ballots, the official Ahram newspaper reported. Morsi’s campaign, which has published the results from counting stations across the country, denies the allegation and accuses Shafiq’s team of bribing voters.