Created on Friday, 22 June 2012 21:26
Written by AL ARABIYA - AGENCIES
Muslim Brotherhoods presidential candidate
The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s presidential candidate Mohammed Mursi warned on Friday against any tampering with the election results, after a win was also claimed by former premier Ahmed Shafiq.
The Muslim Brotherhood said Mursi had won based on the official tallies of judges overseeing polling stations.
“The expected result is known to everyone,” Mursi told the news conference. “We will not allow anyone to tamper with the results.”
“We await the electoral commission to announce it,” the presidential candidate said, holding back from repeating a claim he has made since last weekend’s election that he is the winner - a premature declaration that the ruling army said had caused division.
The official result is expected to be announced on Sunday.
Mursi also said he wanted neither “confrontation nor violence,” but would continue to protesting at moves by the ruling military to curb the powers of the president.
The Islamist candidate spoke after the ruling military warned that it would deal “firmly” with any attempt to harm the public interest as thousands of people packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square accusing it of a power grab.
At the news conference three hours after the generals responded to Islamist street protests by rejecting calls to cancel various recent decisions, Mursi also took pains to ease tension. He said he had no problem with the military council, calling it “patriotic,” and only disagreed with its latest measures.
The Brotherhood has already started a sit-in in Tahrir Square as of Wednesday in protest of reject the High Constitutional Court ruling to dissolve the People’s Assembly and its delaying the announcement of the final results of the presidential elections.
The Salafi al-Nour party also called on its members and supporters to join Friday’s protest in Tahrir in an official statement on Thursday, announcing its refusal of what it referred to as a coup against democratic transition.
Among the groups and parties participating in the rally are al-Wast Party, the 6th of April Youth Movement, the Revolutionary Socialists and Socialist Popular Alliance Party.
Some activists declared that they will not participate in the protests organized by the revolutionary powers, arguing that they are organized only to accomplish the Muslim Brotherhood interests.
The military council, which has promised to hand over to civilians by July 1, dissolved a new, Islamist-led parliament on the eve of the presidential run-off and then issued a decree as polls closed on Sunday setting strict limits on the powers of whoever would be elected president.
Meanwhile, Mursi urged that the election results be announced without delay, as the country nervously awaits the outcome of the divisive poll.
Mursi has claimed victory in the run-off against ex-prime minister Shafiq, who has also said he will be the next president.
“I am fully confident I will be the legitimate winner,” Shafiq told cheering supporters at a Cairo hotel on Thursday. He criticized Mursi for trying to put pressure on the electoral commission by declaring victory and calling for street protests.
Mursi’s supporters say they fear that the delay in announcing results may indicate an attempt to fix the result in favor of Shafiq, who was Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister.
Shafiq said that, if elected, he would offer to bring in a broad range of opinion into his administration.