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Heightened security as Egypt awaits election result

Security forces deployed at key sites prior to Thursday's presidential election result announcement

Ahram Online, Wednesday 20 Jun 2012
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Heavy security presence in Egypt as President is about to be named (Photo: Reuters)
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Extra security forces are being deployed across Egypt before presidential election results are officially announced on Thursday.

Three thousand police and soldiers are being sent to protect vital political and economic sites, including the Suez Canal, head of security in Suez, Adel Refaat, said Wednesday.

"We will firmly defend all public institutions and police stations," said Refaat.

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi and Mubarak's last premier Ahmed Shafiq both claimed victory after the 16-17 June presidential election runoff.

A military build-up has also been seen on the Cairo-Alexandria Road in scenes reminiscent of the 18-day uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak from power.

Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Mohamed Ghozlan warned of a "dangerous faceoff" between the people and the army if Ahmed Shafiq, described by opponents as the "military's man," is declared Egypt's new president.

A Shafiq victory would be "a direct military coup by the military council," Ghozlan added.

The Islamist candidate's campaign maintain that their man, Morsi, won the elections with 52 per cent of the vote. Shafiq's campaign, however, dismissed such claims on Tuesday, stating that their candidate was in the lead with 51 per cent of the vote.

In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Judges for Egypt, a group of Egyptian reformist judges who helped monitor the recently-concluded runoffs, announced Morsi's victory with 13,238,335 votes against 12,351,310 for military man Shafiq.

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Mohammed Moiduddin
21-06-2012 04:42am
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Countdown to WWIII
Remember the Mayan warning. If the military or SPEC declares Shafik there will be civil war similar to Algeria. Shafik if he loves egypt should step down. Everyone plotting against MB just stop.
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Hassan
20-06-2012 11:58pm
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Egypt with the Army
better be a military coup than a brotherhood coup with over 80 years of bad reputation. Egypt needs economic reforms, stability and security and not repression by one group\(the brotherhood) who only represent themselves, not the women, the moderates and the Christians as well as the majority of Egyptians ( at least 76%). Egypt needs to be part of the world open market especially the western world and not be sheltered by those whom their ignorance has blinded them .
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Tony
20-06-2012 09:58pm
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Shafik
this is a bit of a early warning that shafik may win and this move of army and police to protect essential things in our great country like suez canal is to absorb the protesters and hit them away.
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Andria
21-06-2012 11:11am
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I just noticed...
nothing that is "Great" about Egypt was made by the current Arab occupiers of Egypt... not the Cannal and definitely not the Piramids... hey, Arabs, what did you contribute that that "Great country of yours...???? NOTHYNG !!!
Sahid
21-06-2012 09:27am
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I hate them
I hate army if they do announce Ahmed Shafik illegal declare . And we shell go Tharir square
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karim
20-06-2012 05:08pm
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YES!
Yes it's a military coup. And egyptian people with army. Not with you Ghoslan&Co.
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