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Morsi, Shafiq campaigns both claim victory in Egypt presidency race
Tension builds as both candidates claim victory and accuse the other of dirty tricks in Egypt's controversial presidential race, whilst security source warns of unrest incited by Brotherhood if Ahmed Shafiq is declared president
Dina Ezzat , Wednesday 20 Jun 2012
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Morsi and Shafiq
People walk under giant campaign election billboards of presidential candidates former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq (R), and Mohamed Morsi, the head of the Muslim Brotherhood's political party in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Both presidential campaigns – those of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi and last Mubarak-era PM Ahmed Shafiq continue to claim victory.

Final results of Egypt's contentious presidential election will likely be announced on Saturday or Sunday, according to a Wednesday statement by the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission. The announcement had originally been scheduled for Thursday.

According to a Shafiq campaign source, their candidate is confident that he will be named Egypt's next president, based on information received from "top state authorities."

A Morsi campaign source, for his part, pointed to an announcement by a group of reformist judges on Wednesday corroborating the Muslim Brotherhood's vote count, which put Morsi ahead by almost one million votes.

Meanwhile, a source close to Egypt's Supreme Presidential Elections Commission (SPEC) categorically denied recent allegations that close to one million ballots had been pre-marked in Morsi's favour.

"These claims have no basis in fact; this is a rumour that has been disproven by investigations," the SPEC source said. He went on to explain that the print house responsible for producing the ballots had been firmly secured by military police.

The idea that there had been enough judges to put all these pre-marked ballots in ballot boxes – while removing the exact same number of blank ballots – strained credibility, the same source added.  

Meanwhile, a source close to Morsi's office said that rumours of a Shafiq victory were only "a means of exerting psychological pressure" on Morsi aimed at forcing the Brotherhood candidate to take the presidential oath of office before Egypt's High Constitutional Court (HCC). Such a move would be tantamount to the Brotherhood's recognition of the addendum to last year's Constitutional Declaration, issued earlier this week by the ruling military council granting it significant executive authority.

The same source suggested that Morsi might agree to take the oath before the HCC, despite the Muslim Brotherhood's opposition to the constitutional addendum. Morsi was mulling this option, the source said, in hopes of pre-empting an "all-out confrontation" between political forces that could have dire implications for domestic stability.

Meanwhile, security sources say they are working on a 'Plan B,' in which Shafiq would be declared president.

"We're bracing for a major wave of rioting and unrest for at least two days, which could be incited by the Muslim Brotherhood after Shafiq is announced president," the security source said.

He added that there were plans to put the country in a state of high alert, covering the capital and other major urban centres, such as Alexandria, Suez and Ismailiya. He also said that extra security measures had been put in place to protect churches, especially in light of the considerable electoral support Shafiq had received from Coptic-Christian voters.

"We anticipate all kinds of problems and are taking steps to contain them," the same source added.





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adel imam
21-06-2012 04:22pm
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go mursi go shafiq and hooba, we are pathetic people
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Musa lala Usman
21-06-2012 04:43am
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Re Shafiq Mursi claim victory
The scaf should know that the world is watching and they will be held responsible for any Nagative reaction that would follow up. Power mongers!.
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Eduardo
21-06-2012 12:28am
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From a foreign Christian in Egypt
Morsy must be declared winner after all the figures that were informally released. "Rioting and unrest for at least two days"? Those people are delusional. It will be an Algerian scenario pure and simple! May someone save these people from themselves.
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Sandy
21-06-2012 12:23am
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the military is committing aqdultery with the will of the people
Declaring Shafiq the winner means the army is commiting adultery with the will of the people and the revolution. period.
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Modern_Humaniora
20-06-2012 10:41pm
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The oath
Of course Morsi can take the presidental oath before HCC. But not before those criminals currently holding the seats of HCC are replaced by sincere judges. An oath before HCC under current circumstances must be considered as illegal - not to mention the moral crime it would be.
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amir
21-06-2012 05:48am
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greed of power
those greedy of power backed y US should remember what happend to mubarak it will happen to you too so beware before you kill innocent people on streets
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poha
20-06-2012 09:16pm
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plan B success
SPEC, SCAF, Security and Mubarak cronies are all working hard to ensure Plan B comes off and destroys the Revolution. Leopards never change their spots
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