Monday, June 18, 2012

Egypt Islamists claim election victory, army grabs powers

This cannot end well.  It's boiled down to the Brotherhood Vs. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces council (SCAF), and violence is only a blink away.  The loser is crying foul and the secular democratic lobby is wanting to go back to the streets.  In the chaos, the Copts are still getting persecuted by a population that regardless of their political bent, are hard core Christian hating Muslims.

From a Western perspective, the only good thing to come from the ongoing infighting and uncertainty is that the Muslim street is still busy fighting itself, which distracts from the Islamic invasion of the West.

And so while Syria burns and North Africa is in Islamic lock down the great Western powers dither and wring their hands while denying the profound changes being fomented on them by the latest and greatest Jihad.

Will nothing wake up our leaders?


Egypt Islamists claim election victory, army grabs powers

CAIRO (AFP) Monday, June 18, 2012 04:04:46

Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi claimed victory Monday in Egypt's first free presidential vote, as the military handed itself sweeping powers in a move denounced by activists as a "coup."

A confirmed win by Mursi would mark the first time Islamists are elected to the presidency in the Arab World's most populous nation, but the military rulers' moves to consolidate power ahead of the final results have rendered any future president toothless.

The Islamists' rival Ahmed Shafiq, a former air force chief and ex-prime minister to ousted president Hosni Mubarak, disputed the The Muslim Brotherhood's victory announcement, labelling it "bizarre behaviour."

State television too reported that initial counts showed Mursi in the lead.

There were scenes of jubilation at Mursi's headquarters, where the candidate himself thanked Egyptians for their votes in brief remarks after the Brotherhood said he had won 52 percent of the vote.

Mursi pledged to work to "hand-in-hand with all Egyptians for a better future, freedom, democracy, development and peace."

"We are not seeking vengeance or to settle accounts," he said, adding that he would build a "modern, democratic state" for all Egypt's citizens, Muslims and Christians.
Egyptians check for their names on the wall of a polling station in Cairo. Electoral commission officials extended voting for two hours on Sunday in part to allow people to cast their ballots in the relative cool of the evening, but they said turnout appeared lower than during the May 23-24 first round.

But a Shafiq campaign official said their figures showed that their candidate, who served as prime minister to deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak, leading in the count.

"We reject it completely," Mahmud Baraka, said of the Brotherhood's claim. "We are astonished by this bizarre behaviour which amounts to a hijacking of the election results."

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