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.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Cairo’s Tahrir Square relived its glory days of the revolution on Friday as tens of thousands of flag-waving protesters called on the Egyptian army to relinquish power, in defiance of a stern communique from the generals criticising the Muslim Brotherhood.
All day, through weekly prayers in the baking midday sun to an evening clamour for change, demonstrators, mostly marshalled by the Islamist movement and its allies, called on the military to make good on promises to hand over to a civilian and end the prolonged uncertainty over last weekend’s presidential election.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Thousands of flag-waving protesters filled Cairo’s Tahrir Square for Friday prayers as Egypt’s presidential candidates, an Islamist and former general, accused each other of trying to steal an election whose result is still not known five days on.
The Muslim Brotherhood, whose candidate Mohamed Morsy says he has already won, called on supporters to mass in vigil at the birthplace of last year’s Arab Spring revolt until the ruling military council rescinds orders that curb the new president’s powers and also dissolved the new, Islamist-led parliament.
CAIRO (Reuters) – Allegations of fraud delayed the result of Egypt’s presidential election on Thursday, fraying nerves as the Muslim Brotherhood, which claims victory, threatened to take to the streets in protest at moves by the ruling generals to deny them power.
For a second night, thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, cauldron of the revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak 16 months ago, to demand that the officers who pushed him aside keep their word and hand over to civilians by July 1.