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Egypt on high alert as country awaits presidential poll results

Interior ministry declares state of 'high alert' countrywide; Police secure urban centres throughout Egypt, fearing unrest following Sunday runoff results

Ahram Online, Sunday 24 Jun 2012
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Egypt's interior ministry on Sunday declared a state of "high alert" as the country awaits with bated breath official results of a hotly-contested presidential runoff between Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi and Mubarak-era premier Ahmed Shafiq.

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim stated on Sunday that police remained on high alert, securing urban centres countrywide in an effort to pre-empt any incidents of violence or unrest following the announcement of runoff results.

Several government institutions, meanwhile, have cut short the work day, releasing their employees early. A number of foreign embassies in Cairo have also closed their doors and given their employees the day off, while many private nurseries and schools have suspended classes.  

Thousands of protesters – mostly Morsi supporters – remain camped out in Cairo's Tahrir Square, awaiting election results. Thousands of Shafiq supporters, meanwhile, also demonstrated on Saturday in support of their candidate's claims to victory.

Final results of Egypt's hotly-contested presidential runoff are expected to be announced at a press conference convened by Egypt's Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission at 3pm Sunday afternoon.

Egypt's next president will be sworn into office on 30 June.

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