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Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:5AM
Thousands of Egyptians gather in Cairo's Liberation Square on June 19, 2012 to protest against the ruling military.

Thousands of Egyptians gather in Cairo's Liberation Square on June 19, 2012 to protest against the ruling military.

Egyptian protesters have gathered for an anti-junta rally at Cairo’s iconic Libration Square, condemning the delay in planned announcement of the winner of presidential election and the risk of a military coup d’état. More protesters gathered in the historic square on Thursday, demanding the military rulers step aside as the electoral authorities said they would not announce the final results of the presidential run-off on Thursday as scheduled. Egyptians cast their ballots in a two-day presidential runoff election on June 16 and 17, which pitted the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Mohammed Morsi, against former Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq. On June 18, a member of the Egyptian Electoral Committee confirmed that Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Mohamed Morsi is in lead in the country’s run-off presidential election. Early on the day, the Brotherhood had declared Morsi's victory over Ahmad Shafiq in the voting. Officials from the group had said that Morsi has won 52.5 percent of the counted vote. Shafiq's campaign has, however, rejected Muslim Brotherhood’s announcement of victory. Egypt's election committee said on Wednesday they want to look into all complaints from two candidates before making an announcement. Thousands also camped out in the square on Wednesday night to continue their protest against the ruling military council's decision to dissolve the elected parliament. The ruling junta formally announced the dissolution of the parliament on June 16, following an earlier Supreme Constitutional Court ruling, assuming full legislative powers. The Brotherhood, Egypt's largest political party, and the April 6 Youth Movement political protested against the move by the military, calling it a constitutional coup against last year’s revolution. Under a constitutional declaration issued late on Sunday night, the junta also took control of the state budget and gave itself veto power on a new constitution, making the new president almost powerless. The protesters have vowed to stay in place until the parliament is reinstated. The situation in the country is quite tense at the moment. There are allegations of a coup swirling around. The April 6 Youth Movement has warned of a civil war if the ruling generals declare Shafiq the winner. The measures, taken days before the results of the country’s presidential run-off vote were released, have raised fears that the ruling junta is planning to put its favored candidate, Shafiq, at the helm. MSH/JR/MA
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