Egypt Islamists claim presidency as army tightens grip
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on Monday its candidate won the country's first free presidential election, but a sweeping legal maneuver overnight by Cairo's military rulers made clear the generals planned to keep control for now.
Liberal and Islamist opponents denounced a "military coup".http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/ ... 1U20120618
Egypt's military promises handover
Jun 18 2012
Egypt's ruling military council has pledged to hand over power to the newly elected president, hours after the Muslim Brotherhood's candidate claimed victory in the first free election since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.
Maj-Gen. Mohammed al-Assar, a senior member of the ruling council, said the generals would transfer power in a "grand ceremony" by the end of the month, according to the state news agency. He did not give an exact date.
He said the new president will have the authority to appoint and dismiss the government and that the military council has no intention of taking away any of the president's authorities.
But the military council issued an interim constitution that gave the generals sweeping authority to maintain their grip on power and subordinate the nominal head of state.
Although official results have not yet been announced, the Brotherhood released a tally that showed Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood took nearly 52% of the vote to defeat Mubarak's last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq with about 48%.http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-ne ... -31209961/