CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s anxious week of waiting for a president, a week marked by street protests and angry accusations between rivals of subverting the new democracy by force, is finally ending.
On Saturday, the electoral commission set 3 p.m. (1300 GMT) on Sunday as the moment it will announce either that yet another general will fill the post left vacant by last year’s overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, or that the Muslim Brotherhood, for decades the army’s bitter enemy, will finally hold the highest office.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians find out on Sunday whether their next president will be a former military officer or an Islamist from the army’s old adversary, the Muslim Brotherhood, after a long week’s wait since a vote to pick a successor to the deposed Hosni Mubarak.
Impatient Brotherhood supporters have been out on Cairo’s Tahrir Square day and night since a call in midweek from their leaders to demand the current ruling generals cancel measures they say are designed to hem in the powers of the man they believe was elected last weekend, Islamist Mohamed Morsy.
By Marwa Awad and Alastair Macdonald
(Reuters) – Egyptians packed Tahrir Square in Cairo through the night on Saturday, waving flags and chanting for the end of military rule as they waited to know the name of the first president they have been free to choose.
After a week of drama, in which the Muslim Brotherhood’s hopes of victory in the presidential election were soured by the army dissolving the Islamist-led parliament and decreeing tight limits on the new head of state’s powers, there was anxiety on the streets, but also some hope a compromise could be found.