A delay in announcing the result, initially scheduled for Thursday, was explained by officials as required to deal with appeals over local voting irregularities. But it has prompted Brotherhood concern that the military-led “deep state”, left over when Mubarak was toppled last year, was trying to steal their victory, just as it routinely rigged votes in the past.
"We want the military council to announce the real results without forgery," said Hassan Eissa, 43, an accountant from north of Cairo who was demonstrating on the square. He accused the army of reneging on promises to hand over when it dissolved the Islamist-led parliament on the eve of the presidential run-off and then took for itself legislative powers by decree.
Muslim Brotherhood supporters, who believe their candidate, Mohamed Morsi, won the vote, have filled Tahrir Square day and night in recent days.
12:20 // 1 year ago
According to state-run Egyptian TV, the country’s Presidential Election Commission has delayed the release of the highly-anticipated results of last week’s presidential election, which were supposed to come out tomorrow. An election official says that the commission hasn’t yet finished reviewing “a total of 400 electoral violation reports” levied by the two candidates, and speculates that the results will be out by Saturday.
17:34 // 1 year ago
After those reports, his lawyers and Egypt’s ruling military generals said Mr. Mubarak was in critical condition, but alive. On Wednesday, security officials said that Mr. Mubarak was alive and breathing on his own. They described his condition as nearly stable.
The former president’s health has been a source of constant speculation and suspicion since his imprisonment. Mr. Mubarak has had health problems for years, but the flood of reports and scares in recent weeks led many Egyptians to believe that the military rulers, determined to move Mr. Mubarak out of a notorious prison, were using those accounts to prepare the public for such a move.
Low ranking security officers, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, speculated that the previous night’s reports that Mr. Mubarak was on the edge of death were part of a scheme to transport him out of Egypt for care. Indeed, many Egyptians on Wednesday wondered if the state news agency reports of his near death were all a morbid hoax.
A bizarre situation, certainly, whatever it was.
10:01 // 1 year ago