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Egypt’s military warns protesters over presidential election result




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By , Cairo

8:30PM BST 22 Jun 2012

Egypt’s military warns protesters over presidential election result

Egypt’s ruling military council on Friday warned it would use its powers to overcome protesters’ threats to confront the regime if it announced a former general won last week’s presidential election.

Egypt's military warns protesters over presidential election result

Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Morsy chant slogans during a rally at Tahrir Square in Cairo Photo: REUTERS

In a strongly worded statement, it blamed the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohamed Morsi, of stirring up emotions that drew thousands into Cairo’s Tahrir Square as a mounting political crisis threatened to come to a head.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said everyone should accept its “legal decisions” and refused to reverse its dissolution of parliament and its declaration reserving sweeping powers and a constitutional veto.

“The army and the police will combat any attacks on Egypt’s public or private institutions and enforce the law immediately,” a spokesman said. He intoned his statement invisibly from behind a screen on state television, using the menacing style of the decades-long military dictatorship of the deposed and now ailing president Hosni Mubarak.

The statement was repeated on state radio throughout the afternoon. Mr Morsi retorted that the generals were defying the democratic will of the people and said protests would go on. The Brotherhood has claimed that he won a narrow but clear victory.


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