The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for president has urged Egyptian authorities to release the results of the weekend's election as soon as possible, warning against manipulating the "popular will."
Mohamed Morsy said Friday a front is forming against a series of moves by the military council that threaten to curtail the powers of the next president. He appeared at a news conference alongside a group of public figures and youth representatives, adding pressure on the ruling generals.
The Brotherhood declared Morsy the winner in a runoff election for president just hours after polls closed this Sunday. That claim was contested by Morsy's rival, Ahmed Shafiq, ousted President Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister.
Egypt's ruling military council on Friday blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for raising tensions by releasing presidential election results early — and defended decisions granting itself sweeping powers.
The military statement came as tens of thousands rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square to support Morsy. The protesters also denounced what they perceive as the military's power grab that strips the next leader of much of his authority.
The demonstration in midday heat Friday, the largest in four straight days of protests, showed the potential explosiveness of the situation in Egypt.
The Brotherhood declared Morsy the winner in a runoff election for president just hours after polls closed this Sunday. That claim was contested by Morsy's rival, Ahmed Shafiq, who was ousted President Hosni Mubarak' s last prime minister.
The military council said in a sternly worded statement read out on state TV Friday that raising doubts about the future of Egypt is a means to pressure public opinion.
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