Egypt on alert as election result imminent

2012-06-24 15:28

Cairo - Egypt's ruling armed forces were on alert on Sunday as fears of violence mounted in the final moments before the state election committee is to name the winner of last weekend's presidential election - either an Islamist or a former general.

Scheduled for 15:00 (13:00 GMT) at a government information office ringed by riot police and troops, there was no sign of officials preparing to make the announcement as the hour passed.

Mohamed Morsy of the long-oppressed Muslim Brotherhood has already claimed to be the successor to the ousted Hosni Mubarak. Millions of his Islamist loyalists may react with fury if the run-off goes to Ahmed Shafik, a former general and Mubarak ally.

Few troops were on the streets, but security officials said they were ready to respond to trouble. Government workers around Cairo's Tahrir Square, where thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters had gathered, were encouraged to go home for the day.

Streets in the centre of the capital were very quiet, shops were closed and people stayed indoors, anxious for news and assailed by rumours of results favouring both of the candidates.

The outcome will be historic for the Middle East, but will not end power struggles between the army, Islamists and others over Egypt's future.

  • Irene - 2012-06-24 16:15

    The results have been imminent for the last how many days? Brotherhood doing some fixing?

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